Hackney Based Thriller Coming to Channel 4

Ronan Bennett

A Hackney based thriller written by Hackney resident, novelist and screen writer Ronan Bennett, has been commissioned by channel 4.

Top Boy, a four part drama centres around Dushane, a 19-year-old street gang leader, on the fictional Summerhouse Estate, who has ‘aspiritions’ of becoming a drug dealer.

Bennett, who along with story consultant Gerry Jackson, researched their subject first hand. His screenwriting credits include the film Public Enemies and TV dramas The Hamburg Cell and Fields of Gold.

Bennett said: “I knew that I wanted to write about this world from the bottom up, from the point of view, not of the police, but of the tinies and youngers I saw every day hanging around the supermarket forecourt. I wanted to know about the lives these kids lived. Some of their stories were brutal and frightening. Others were sad and some were unintentionally funny.

“I wanted Top Boy to look at the fabric of life in a world we hear a lot about, but about which we know a lot less than we think.”

The four part drama is being produced by independent film production company – Cowboy Films whose credits include The Last King of Scotland and Poppy Shakespeare. The producers will be Ronan Bennett, Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind.

The cast and director have yet to be decided.

No stranger to the gritty side of life, Bennett was an 18 year old Irish republican revolutionary, when he was wrongfully convicted of killing an RUC officer and spent 18 months in prison.

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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