The £100,000 ($165,000) pic, funded by Film London’s low-budget Microwave scheme, is a dark, multi-character story set on the tough streets of east London.
“Ill Manors” is the sixth project from Microwave, the micro-budget feature fund from Film London, BBC Films and Skillset. Pic has been developed under Microwave since Drew and his producer, Atif Ghani, were greenlit through the scheme in 2009.
Drew, best known in Blighty for his music career, has had a series of stints in front of the lense. He’s been seen in Noel Clarke’s “4,3,2,1” and “Adulthood” and starred alongside Michael Caine in “Harry Brown.”
Drew will also star in upcoming pic, “The Sweeney,” alongside Ray Winstone.
“The experience I’ve gained from making a feature film on such a small budget was invaluable,” said Drew. “It was like being the underdog in a boxing match, holding punches against the ropes and just having to hang in there, but I still loved every minute of it.”
Revolver has snagged distribution rights to two of Microwave’s three completed pics since its launch in 2006 — “Mum and Dad,” and “Freestyle.”
The scheme’s third completed pic, “Shifty,” was picked up by Metrodome.
Revolver’s current urban pic on release in Blighty, “Anuvahood,” has taken more than $3.3 million at the box office.