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Directed by Idris Elba


Yardie is a 2018 British crime drama film, directed by Idris Elba. The film is based on a novel of the same title by Jamaican born writer Victor Headley. It was screened in the world cinema dramatic competition section at the  Sundance Film festival in February 2018.

Recently reeling from his brother’s death in a shooting when he was a child, Dennis Campbell, aka “D”, is hired by Jamaican crimelord and reggae producer King Fox to deliver a package of cocaine to British gangster Rico who resides in the Borough of Hackney in London. But when Dennis finds out that the man who killed his brother years ago is also living in England, he is torn between revenge against the murderer and the duty he was sworn to do.

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 Yardie is an award-winning film and has been nominated for multiple awards across  many festivals. The film will be having its Canadian Premiere screening at CTFF 2019.


“…the character was a young DJ, and that was a world that I was pretty much in from the time that I was 16. It just felt like low-hanging fruit, a story that wasn’t too dissimilar from my upbringing and one that I could probably put a very honest lens on; just being a storyteller and not having to overly think about directing and just tell the story.”

— Idris Elba, director