"A powerful drama about growing up in urban Britain"
The Observer
"Ashley Walters delivers a remarkable performance"
Sight & Sound
"Bullet Boy throbs with restless energy.  It’s grainy, gritty, authentic "
Total Film
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Bullet Boy


Ricky (Ashley Walters), just out of a young offenders’ institute and heading home to Hackney, is determined to go straight. Instead, he heads into trouble when he’s involved in a street clash – siding with his best mate Wisdom against a local gang member.

The trouble escalates into a series of incidents that threaten to spiral out of control. Ricky’s 12-year-old brother Curtis, adores Ricky but seems smart enough to know he doesn’t want to follow his example. However, despite the warnings from his mother, Ricky’s bad boy appeal might prove to be too attractive for Curtis to resist…

In Bullet Boy, director Saul Dibb brings his documentary influences to the big screen with hard-hitting yet delicately handled dramatic effect.


Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Leon Black, Claire Perkins, Curtis Howard




Drama, Thriller

Running Time

87 Minutes



Directed by

Saul Dibb

Written by

Saul Dibb and Catherine Johnson

Produced by

Marc Boothe and Ruth Caleb