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Wow. Plan B is really rushing through his iLL Manors album isn't he? After already releasing two tracks from it he's back with another, Deepest Shame and you can check out its accompanying video above.

The video, naturally, includes footage from his directorial debut including scenes featuring actress Anouska Mond who played Michelle in the film and who we interviewed just a few months ago. We chatted to her shortly before the release of the film and she filled us in on how a chance encounter with Plan B aka Ben Drew a few years ago led her to bagging the role.

Things have been going very well for the rapper turned singer turned actor turned director this year. Not only has he had a number one selling album, debuted his first ever film and recorded a documentary for BBC 3 he's also played a number of UK festivals including Radio One's Hackney Weekend and has lined himself up for a headline spot at the iTunes Festival.

You can check out Deepest Shame above.

Plan_B on rooftopWhat with his film of the same name causing a decent amount of hype, Plan B's newest album, Ill Manors is already causing a stir with the first track, Playing With Fire having recently been released on his YouTube channel. Now news that the album launch party is to be streamed live has hit us.

People who have already had a listen to the full album will tell you that this is very much Plan B back to his old self, Strickland Banks this is not. So anyone hoping for that kind of thing or parents that suddenly decided they liked good old Ben might want to avoid being offended and go for another option when browsing through the supermarket music aisles.

Those fans that were there at the offset and have stood the test of time are going to be in for a treat however.

Newest track, Playing With Fire can be listened to below (can anyone else imagine it as a Bond theme track?) and it will be LoveLive and YouTube that will globally stream his album launch event live on the 23rd July (next Monday), the same day that new album, Ill Manors is released.

At his launch, in a secret London location, Ben,  AKA Plan B will be joined on stage by the collaborators on the album – Kano, Labrinth, John Cooper Clarke and Takura from Chase & Status. Safe to say it’s going to be pretty epic.

Plan B will play exclusive and as-yet-unheard of tracks from the new album at the launch party which you can hear if you watch the live stream, as well as a selection of his past hits.

Following the performance viewers will be able to access extra content via the LoveLive channel. This will include a director’s cut of the concert, exclusive backstage footage and interviews, and the chance to watch back each track individually, again and again, from what promises to be a spectacular performance.

Does musician turned actor turned writer/director Ben Drew have what it takes to say something new about the seedier side of London?

Rapper stroke falsetto warbler Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, is clearly a crucible of creativity. Although his first feature film as a director, Ill Manors, suggests that his inner city social commentary and mean streets philosophising lacks any progressive message.

Ill Manors follows a number of characters as they go about their lives in and around a London estate. Intertwining events pull them together throughout the film, with the multifaceted plot featuring drug deals, murders, gun crime and a lost baby.

While the film spends its first third establishing the drudgery and thuggery of everyday existence for those living in poorer areas of the capital, it quickly descends into the realms of improbable farce. Ill Manors essentially does not know whether it wants to be gritty and real in the vein of Boyz n the Hood or a violent caper laced with stereotypes, like Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. In fact the Guy Ritchie connection becomes even more pronounced during the closing scenes, with a plot point heavily reminiscent of a particular moment in Snatch.

Ill Manors is by no means bad, but it is problematic. Rather than dismantling the rampant misogyny and abuse it portrays, it veers more towards reinforcing it. Or at best shrugging its shoulders and saying ‘That’s just the way life is’.

Narration by Ben Drew in the form of rap montage interludes establish characters, typically by explaining their damaged childhood and linking this to their adult state of existential disarray. There is the hint of a subplot involving a social worker and the chance for redemption, but this is sidelined in favour of the more convoluted plot points that align the trajectories of the film’s major players.

What is most disappointing is that, despite the promise of promoting big ideas, Ill Manors actually retreads plenty of ground already covered by recent releases. Anyone who is familiar with the work of Noel Clarke will not find anything revolutionary here. Which leaves TV series Top Boy as the enduring choice for someone who wants realism and depth in their grimey urban adventures.

ill manorsThe rain is pouring and there's no end of trouble on the tube so if you're planning to escape it all with a trip to the cinema this week here's our guide of the best films to see this week...

iLL Manors:

First reviews of Plan B's directing debut iLL Manors have been fantastic so if you're going to see one film this week we suggest that this is it. Starring some brilliant British talent and backed up by a fantastic sound track iLL Manors follows six interlocking stories in the Forest Gate area of London. Expect fighting, cockney slang, guns, tower blocks and lots of swearing.

Watch the trailer here.

Casa De Mi Padre:

Fans of Will Ferrell will have been waiting for some time now to see how his first ever Spanish film has turned out and now this is your chance to judge it for yourself. Entirely spoken in Spanish (although obviously there are subtitles) Ferrell plays one of two brothers who are not only caught up in a love triangle but are also trying to save their fathers failing ranch.

Watch the trailer here.

Fantastic Fear of Everything:

Fantastic Fear of Everything sees Simon Pegg taking on a dark, more serious role for perhaps one of the first times in his career. Pegg plays a children's writer who decides to turn his hand to something more exciting, writing about London's most notorious serial killers. However as his research and work intensifies he finds himself unable to even leave his flat.

Watch the trailer here.

anouska mond ill manors interviewTonight is the premiere of Plan B (aka Ben Drew) directorial debut iLL Manors. The much hyped film tells the story of six interlocking stories all based in the Forest Gate area of London.

Ahead of the films release we caught up with one of the main stars actress, Anouska Mond who plays a Northern girl who escapes an abusive home and ends up living on the streets of London. It isn't long before she is addicted to drugs and has to turn to prostitution in order to fund her habit.

Here Mond tells us about how she prepared for the role, what it was like working with the rapper turned director and why she thinks everyone will learn something from iLL Manors...

How did you land the part of Michelle?

I actually auditioned for the role four years ago after meeting Ben in Camden. At the time I had no idea who he was and had no idea that he was a musician. The audition was for a short film called Michelle which Ben was making in order to try and get funding for the feature film. I got the role, absolutely loved doing it and then a few years later after he had enough money to make it Ben called me and asked me to re-audition for the role.

So you had to re-audition for a role that you'd already played?

Yeh! And not just one interview either, I had to go through six gruelling auditions to get the part.

How much has the character of Michelle changed from the short film to iLL Manors?

The basic morals of the character have remained exactly the same however she goes through way more experiences in iLL Manors so in that respect she's grown quite a lot as her story continues. If anything this time around I wanted to make her stronger and more affected by the environment that she's grown up in.

How did you prepare for playing such a dark role?

I had to do a lot of research in terms of heroine and crack addiction. I actually watched a lot of documentaries and did a lot of research online in order to try and understand people that are in that situation better. I also watched a lot of films and videos on Youtubes where addicts talk about their addictions. Ben actually originally wanted me to spend a night on the streets of King's Cross but luckily the production crew said no due to health and safty reasons.

How much of a challenge was it playing the role?

It was a huge challenge. The character couldn't be more different to me and the environment I grew up in so playing her didn't come easily to me. I had to work hard but I really felt like the role was mine because I knew her so well from the time I spent making the short film.

How did working on iLL Manors compare to other projects you've worked on?

I've been an actress for ten years now on and off but iLL Manors is my first big break. This is my first role in a feature film and obviously working with someone of Ben's caliber was an experience in itself because he's so well known.

How much influence did the cast have over their characters and the way the film turned out?

Ben had a very solid vision of how he wanted the film to turn out but we all had a lot of rehearsal time together when we did a lot of improvisation which helped us all explore our own characters. The whole thing was a very collaborative experience especially as Ben has acted before so he how to get down on our level and he welcomed all of our input.

What was Ben like as a first time director?

He was extremely dedicated and passionate and he's a complete perfectionist and he wont stop until his visions been realised. I think the fact that he's worked as an actor before means he already had a good understanding of how things worked and that definitely helped him make the move into directing.

Did you have any favourite days on set?

We only had about a month to make the film which is no time at all really but the whole experience was just so incredible, I had to keep pinching myself to make me realise I was working on such a big film. All the cast and crew became very good friends.

What sort of people are going to enjoy the film?

I think it'll appear to any generation both young and old. It's a film that covers a lot of different story lines and issues that aren't necessarily widely reported about in the press on a daily basis so it's something people can learn from. I think that it'll trigger emotion in people and as long as it does that then we've done our job.

iLL Manors is released in UK cinemas on 6th June.