A NEW British film aimed at teenagers will show the glamorous reality of life as a drug-dealer on a council estate.
Happy ‘Hood, funded by the Arts Council, wants to set the record straight after a slew of films in which the criminal lifestyle is portrayed as inevitably leading to prison or death.
Director Julian Cook said: “We follow young boxer Wayne Hayes as he abandons a punishing, difficult and ultimately unrewarding future in sport to build a crack-dealing empire from his towerblock.
“Soon he’s making a fortune, has a beautiful girlfriend and a half-decent wife, drives around in a baby Bentley and at no point has to heartbreakingly betray any of his childhood friends.
“We felt it was important to show both sides of the story.”
But teenage cinemagoers have criticised the movie. 18-year-old Tom Logan said: “I go to the movies for escapism, like a story about a teen gang risking they whole futures in a desperate struggle with the feds.
“All this where the dealer gets rich and does whatever he wants, man, I see that out the window every day.”