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In pictures: Plan B's Ill Manors has its UK premiere
31 May 2012
Last updated at 09:02
Plan B and actor Ed Skrein walk the red carpet for the UK premiere of Ill Manors.
Ben Drew (Plan B) has walked a red carpet in central London for the premiere of his film, Ill Manors. Ed Skrein (left) plays Ed in the urban drama directed by the rapper and producer. He based it on his childhood in Forest Gate.
Professor Green was at the premiere with girlfriend, Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh. Talking about the film, Ben Drew said: "I come from that environment and I was seeing a section of society that has been forgotten about."
Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon also made an appearance. Ill Manors focuses on six characters struggling to make it as crime and violence happens around them in east London.
Tinie Tempah was there to support the film. Ben Drew added: "If we all start thinking in the same way, understanding these problems and accepting them, it puts the Government under pressure to do something."
Alexandra Burke was also there. 28-year-old Ben Drew, whose own tracks make up the soundtrack to the film, says he wants to get back into the director's chair: "This is the beginning. This is the calling card."
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran dressed down for the occasion. The film is released in cinemas next Wednesday, 6 June. Ben Drew wants people to notice the UK's problems: "People act like this stuff doesn't go on, that it doesn't exist."
Wretch 32, who grew up not far from Ben Drew in London, was photographed on the red carpet. Ill Manors has the same name as Plan B's single released in March, a song which deals with the 2011 riots around London.
Laila Rouass, who made her name in 2004 series Footballers' Wives, wore a black dress to the premiere. Ben Drew defended the lack of women in his film: "You show me how many female drug dealers are running the streets."
Also attending the premiere at the Empire Cinema was leading man Riz Ahmed (right), who praised the first-time writer/director. He said: "I think he's got all the ingredients needed to go on and make a lot of films."
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