Bullet Boy


"The title BULLET BOY doesn't just refer to one person. It could apply to any of the younger male cast: during the course of the film a gun passes between all of their hands. For me, this was a subject that hadn't really been explored in British cinema - the generation of kids growing up in areas where guns have become a fact of life, and where boys try to be men before they're even teenagers. I felt strongly that it was a story that needed to be told.
       "The film is centred on 12-year-old Curtis and his older brother Ricky. Where Ricky propels the film's story, Curtis embodies its soul. Ricky gets caught up in an essentially trivial feud - he's in an environment where pride and reputation are everything - but Curtis is still a child. His present is less corrupted, his future more open: at least until Ricky brings a gun home to the bedroom he shares with him. While certain inevitabilities stem from this premise, I wanted to explore the mix of chance, social pressure and personal choice that would eventually decide their fates. Their mum Beverley understands this dilemma better than anyone - she tries to hold the family together but is powerless to control what her boys do, where they go, and who with.
       "Quite rightly many people will see BULLET BOY as a tragedy - it is, in essence - but I also want it to leave people thinking about redemption. Ultimately the film ends by asking what will become of Curtis, a question for the audience to decide."

SAUL DIBB


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