Written, directed and starring Adam Deacon, you’d probably expect Anuvahood to be a sequel to the previous Kidulthood and Adulthood films, both written and starring Noel Clarke. But then you get told that it isn’t and is in fact the UK’s first urban comedy and you automatically think it must be a spin-off. But after watching it, there is arguable doubt whether it is, or whether it isn’t.
Although Adam Deacon played Jay in both the aforementioned films, taking the steps to go behind the camera, Adam Deacon has explained his inspiration to be based on favourable US urban comedy classics such as House Party and Friday. Having seen many UK urban films based on ‘hood’ gang culture, Adam Deacon teamed up with friend Michael Vu to write a film that brings a lighter atmosphere of the lifestyle to the screen. One that all walks of life can enjoy, without there being any need of a declaration to ‘keeping it real’. Although Adam and cast have openly stated that many of the characters mimic some real life personalities though exaggerated.
Bringing an amazing collection of cameos together, the cast boasts a vast array of both established and emerging UK talent. From Richard Blackwood and Eddie Kadi to Jazzie Zonzolo (Channel AKA). Ashley Walters, Giggs, Lethal Bizzle, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (Big Brother), Portia Freno, Mz Bratt and Tiny Iron to Ms Jocelyn, Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood/Adulthood), Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood), Richie Campbell (The Bill), Ollie Barbieri (Skins) and Linda Robinson (Birds of a Feather). With so much talent UK talent in one production, some with characters written specifically for them, Anuvahood holds a natural feel of personalities that can be identified with and could be expected to be found on a ‘Goonbred Estate’.
Including a soundtrack with predominantly UK music, both past and present from a diverse range of genres, there’s bound to be at least one favourable track. If Donaeo’s Party Hard or Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out doesn’t get you, maybe Omar’s There’s Nothin Like This or Kano’s P’s & Q’s will.
What Adam Deacon has done with Anuvahood is ground breaking. The vision to take UK urban film away from the thuggish depiction we have seen churned out in the masses since films like Bullet Boy and Kidulthood entered the box office. I’m sure that although this is the first UK urban comedy spoof based on street culture, it surely won’t be the last. The only negative thing I would say about this film is that the title may cause many to expect something that it isn’t, which takes away from the achievement that has been accomplished.
Released 18th March 2011
Running Time 88mins