10 years ago, Britain was in the grips of hoodie hysteria; stories abounded of stabbing epidemics and postcode wars, groups of poor young people were feared or mocked (remember Vicky Pollard? Michael Carroll?), and grime music was seen as the grim outlet of urban life.
It's interesting how things change. The 'roadman' has become a national archetype, an aesthetic - if not exactly lifestyle - that even public schoolboys follow; grime MC Stormzy is a hot commodity both nationally and abroad, while the upcoming film Brotherhood caps off the series of films started by Kidulthood. This London flick unflinchingly depicted sex, violence, growing up- lots of things Skins did but not shit. Noel Clarke returns, as does aforementioned South Londoner Stormzy, but probably not Adam Deacon (who was up in court for stalking Clarke). Here's a teaser:
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