“Look at yourself, I know it hurt…the grief, it never left you. It’s time to let go.” Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, ‘Yardie’ is a British crime-drama that centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary).
“Choose the right path, will you go with the righteous or will you go with the damned?” D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby.
“I sent you to London so you wouldn’t start a war in Kingston.” He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).
Directed by Idris Elba ‘Yardie’ is an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley. With a cast that includes Stephen Graham, Aml Ameen and Mark Rhino Smith the British crime-drama was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
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