Ariztical Entertainment has captured the domestic home entertainment distribution rights to director Rikki Beadle Blair’s film adaption of his own critically-praised stage play, Bashment. Aug. 20 has been designated as the DVD release date.
Using many of the cast members from the original award-winning play, this British filmmaker takes a no-holds-barred look at London’s underground music culture that can be both racist and extremely violent, especially for the subset of gay rap/reggae artists who are challenged not only by society in general, but by their not so enlightened contemporaries.
Into to this mix comes J.J. (Joel Dommett — The Edge of Love, Signs of Life, Skins, etc.), a gay white artist with a taste for the Ragga-Hip-Hop culture. He clearly doesn’t belong and soon finds himself and his friend, Orlando (Marcus Kai), the targets of a particularly brutal collection of thugs who call themselves the Illford Illmaniacs.
The sweet and innocent Orlando is confronted and beaten into a comatose state and, to J.J., what should have been an open-and-shut case of attempted murder before the courts turns out to be nothing more than a slap on the wrists and some minor jail time for the thugs.
With their return to society imminent, J.J. must examine more closely the culture that has claimed him and be prepared to do battle with those who detest him for both who he is … and what he is not!
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