With his career going from strength to strength with arthouse triumphs including Beach Rats, Postcards from London, and big budget projects such as Kingsman prequel The King’s Man and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil calling, Harris Dickinson returns to indie cinema with County Lines.
The rising Brit star plays support in this independente British drama which marks the debut feature film of writer-director Henry Blake. The project plays the BFI Festival on the 8t, 9th and 13th of October. You can read their synopsis here:
The term ‘county lines’ describes the practice of using children to traffic drugs from cities to coastal towns and rural areas, an underreported fact of modern British life. Inspired by the stories he heard while mentoring kids at an East London pupil referral unit, writer-director Henry Blake’s powerful feature debut boasts a compelling central performance by Conrad Khan as 14-year-old Tyler, whose mum Toni (Ashley Madekwe) is struggling to provide for him and his sister. Excluded from school, Tyler becomes a train-bound narcotics courier for local criminal Simon, played with a calm menace by Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats, LFF 2017). County Lines depicts the ensuing cycle of debt, deceit and violent exploitation with a quiet stylistic confidence that’s all the more haunting for being so rigorously unsentimental. (Manish Agarwal )
County Lines looks like an undeniably impressive debut, delivering what appears to be a hard hitting coming-of-age tale and impressive turns from Conrad Khan and Ashley Madekwe. You can buy tickets to the BFI screenings here.