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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney (a neighborhood in London with a large Jamaican community), Yardie, based on the best-selling novel by Victor Headley, centers on the intertwined worlds of the Jamaican narcotics syndicates and the music industry, following a young courier named "D" (Aml Ameen, The Maze Runner) to London where he seeks revenge for his brother's murder and reunites with his estranged girlfriend (Shantol Jackson, TV's Thicker Than Water) and child.


  • Antwayne Eccleston
  • Fraser James
  • Aml Ameen
  • Rayon McLean
  • Mark Rhino Smith
  • Sheldon Shepherd
  • Christopher Daly
  • Reshawna Douglas
  • Alexandra Vaz
  • Chris-Ann Fletcher

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  • Idris Elba proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre at a screening of the film in East London.
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4.0 out of 5
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What a well put together period, crime drama, sad and funny too great costume design and directed very well by Idris Elba!

alecia D


Mar 15, 2019

There’s no question that Elba is a talented actor, but his debut on the other side of the lens falls a bit short. Director needs to make decisions to get a story across, and Elba appears to have been too shy or too reluctant to make them. Yardie suffers for it.

Metacritic review by Yolanda Machado
Yolanda Machado
Mar 14, 2019

Idris Elba’s directorial debut is an atmospheric and catchy DJ Noir about criminals who’d rather spin vinyl than sell cocaine, and it’s an impressive first film, only held back by the conventions in the plot. But it’s the details of Yardie’s world that make it worth visiting.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani
Mar 14, 2019

Yardie is a ripping classic gangster tale done right, but that’s only part of the appeal. It goes beyond the narrative into full cultural immersion with music as the window into a time and place.

Metacritic review by Bradley Gibson
Bradley Gibson
Film Threat