Conrad Khan in a still from 'County Lines' (2019)
Conrad Khan in a still from 'County Lines' (2019)
County Lines (2019)

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County Lines

Australian premiere. Screens with short film 'Goldfish' (2020)

Henry Blake | United Kingdom | 2019 | CTC

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Drawing on his own experiences as a youth worker, filmmaker Henry Blake crafts a coming-of-age crime story that follows a 14-year-old as he's initiated into an illegal network of drug smugglers.

Obeying the rule 'write what you know', former youth worker turned filmmaker Henry Blake turns in an original, stylish debut feature which premiered at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival.

County Lines exposes the titular urban-to-rural drugs network which exploits children for use as couriers – children like Tyler (Conrad Khan), adrift and so perfect a target for Simon (Harris Dickinson) to charm, befriend, and recruit. Tyler's rapid apprenticeship propels the story, which is persuasively brutal and corrosive. But Blake’s film is authentic and sensitive too, and beneath it all, has huge heart and unexpected optimism.

Australian premiere.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: BFI
Courtesy: Broder Blake
Duration: 90 min


90 mins





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