On millennium eve, five jihadis planned to ram a western naval vessel with a launch full of bombs. In the dead of night they slipped their boat into the water. They stacked it with explosives. They stepped in. It sank.
In real life, the close up business of terrorism can be shot through with farce.
Cells are driven by the same group dynamics as football teams and stag parties.
Four Lions is based on three years of meetings with imams, community leaders, moderates, radicals, police, security services, ex mujahideen and a wealth of surveillance material from major trials.
It plunges us beyond the headlines into a cell of authentically daft 'self-start' British jihadis.
Bristling with verbal jousting and large scale set pieces, their story spirals into a farce of certainties, confusions, errors and bombs. Outlandish but authentic, Four Lions understands its characters as human but knows that humans are innately ridiculous.
- Type of film
- Chris Morris
- Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Caroline Leddy, Angus Aynsley, Mark Findlay
- Billy Sneddon
- Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain
- Director of Photography
- Lol Crawley
- Production Designer
- Dick Lunn
- Malcolm Hirst
- Principal Cast
- Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali, Adeel Akhtar
- Additional writing
- Simon Blackwell
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Last updated 5th January 2010