"I made a big decision about being authentic.." hmv.com talks Yardie with Idris Elba and Shantol Jackson
Whether he's playing a streetwise drug dealer in The Wire or chasing down criminals as DCI John Luther, Idris Elba has been a regular fixture on our screens for a long time now, but this week sees him step behind the camera for the first time as he makes his directorial debut with new crime drama Yardie.
Set in the 1980s between Kingston, Jamaica and London, Yardie stars Aml Ameen as a man struggling to come to terms with the murder of his older brother Jerry, brutally gunned down in a gang-related shooting while they were both still young. Growing up under the wing of gangland boss King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd), he is dispatched to London to deliver drugs to one of King Fox's contacts, an unhinged gangster named Rico (Stephen Graham).
While in London he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), who had emigrated to London years earlier. But just as it seems he is about to get his life back onto a peaceful path, he encounters the man responsible for his brother's murder and is determined to exact his revenge.
With the film arriving on DVD shelves on Boxing Day, we caught up with Idris and Shantol for a chat about how the film became Elba's first stint in the director's chair, his future plans, and why he wanted to make his debut feature as authentic as possible.
Watch our interview with Idris and Shantol below...