British film-makers tap into Island’s urban expertise

Island’s urban division are heavily involved in forthcoming British crime thriller THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP.

Island have joined forces with independent distributor Vertigo Releasing for the UK and Ireland release of the film which is the prequel to the underground 2016 hit The Intent. Written by and starring both Nicky Slimting Walker (It’s A Lot) and Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood, Adulthood) the gripping thriller was shot on the streets of London and Jamaica and features well-known faces across grime music and previous stars of British urban films. The cast includes Virgin EMI’s Krept & Konan, Island’s Fekky, BET nominee Ghetts, dancehall artist Popcaan, BAFTA winner Adam Deacon (Kidulthood), Ashley Chin (Anuvahood), Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Dylan Duffus (The Intent).

Island’s urban division are acting as cultural advisors to the production, while also assisting on the curation of the film’s soundtrack.

Island president Darcus Beese says “We are really excited to be in business with Nicky and Femi, these guys have made a dope film and we want to help them bring it to as big an audience as possible. With the new Urban Division under Alex Boateng, Island is looking to be involved in, and to affect, the culture in new ways and this film gives us the opportunity to be a part of the film making process and to shine a light on the incredible talent, writers, director and, actors in this country.”

Nicky Slimting Walker and Femi Oyeniran add, “It has always been our dream to work with a record label as we’ve always believed they have more understanding of the commercial potency of Black British culture. Island’s history made them a perfect home for us. To be able to team up with Vertigo who have brought us some of the most successful home-grown films in the past decade makes this a winning combination.”

THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP centres on Jay (Ghetts) who has big dreams; but his ambitions are crippled by his allegiance to both his crew and Hackney crime boss Beverley (Sharon). Jay sets about laying the foundations for his own organised crime ring with the help of Mustafa (Adam Deacon). Things are going well until Beverley discovers his disloyalty, and an ill-fated robbery in North London and a trip to Jamaica tears the crew apart. All the while, their actions are being monitored by an undercover Met Police officer, who has been deployed to integrate himself into the crew.

The film is slated for UK and Ireland release this Autumn.

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