Shifty (2009)
24 hours to deal yourself out
86 mins
Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Jason Flemyng
Eran Creevy
Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken
United Kingdom
Riz Ahmed (Britz, The Road to Guantanamo) takes the title role of Shifty in a screenplay charting an action packed 24 hours in the life of a young crack cocaine dealer in London. The sudden return home of his best friend sets in motion a chain of events that see Shifty’s life quickly spiral out of control. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer, played by Jason Flemyng (Stardust, Layer Cake), intent on setting him up for a big fall. As his long time friend Chris, played by Daniel Mays (The Bank Job, Atonement), confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he’s hurtling towards. BAFTA-nominee and acclaimed stage and screen actress Francesca Annis (Revolver, The Libertine) also stars as Valerie, an addict who brings out the protective side in Shifty....more