UK pubcaster Channel 4 is set to air Penny Woolcock’s One Mile Away (pictured), a doc follow-up to her hip hop musical 1 Day, on April 11.
One Mile Away tells the story of two warring gangs, the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew, in inner city Birmingham, who are trying to bring peace to their neighborhoods.
The doc came out of Woolcock’s narrative film 1 Day, which looked at crime and rival gangs in Birmingham. During research on that film, Woolcock met Shabba, affiliated with the Johnson crew, and introduced him to 1 Day‘s lead actor Dylan Duffus, affiliated with the Burger side.
One Mile Away follows Shabba and Duffus’ two year journey to recruit supporters to end their feud. In addition to the doc, the filmmaker is looking to develop a social enterprise, by working with schools to reduce gang culture in the UK.
One Mile Away is co-funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, and distributed by BRITDOC Films.