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Four Lions

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Synopsis

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.

Details

Year
2010
Type of film
Features
Director
Chris Morris
Producer
Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Caroline Leddy, Angus Aynsley, Mark Findlay
Editor
Billy Sneddon
Screenwriter
Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain
Director of Photography
Lol Crawley
Production Designer
Dick Lunn
Sound
Malcolm Hirst
Principal Cast
Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali, Adeel Akhtar
Additional writing
Simon Blackwell

Genre

Production Company

Warp Films
http://www.warp.net/films

Sales
Company

Wild Bunch