New British Film: Rulers And Dealers Screens at The ICA, London.

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Rulers & Dealers will be screened on September 14th 2006, at the ICA, London. Writer/Director, Stephen Lloyd Jackson debuts with his powerful political-gangster thriller. Femme fatale newcomer, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, BBC1) also makes her film debut.

Rulers & Dealers will be screened on September 14th 2006, at the ICA, London. Writer/Director, Stephen Lloyd Jackson debuts with his powerful political-gangster thriller. Femme fatal newcomer, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, BBC1) also makes her film debut.

"The film offers despair and nihilism at its' best," said Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson.

The five top Rulers of London's gangster syndicate gather for a summit to establish a cease-fire after two years of bloody territorial feuding.

A proposal from a Swiss banking conglomerate is put forward stipulating that all five Rulers will receive 50 million dollars if they agree to surrender their territories and relocate outside London, leaving the banking group to transform the capital into the most lucrative metropolis in the world.

All the Rulers agree to the proposal, with the exception of SOSOFRA, Ruler and enforcer for the South London Territories. Without the signatures of all five Rulers the deal will be called off. Consequently, the remaining Rulers conspire to have Sosofra assassinated.

MARCUS, a former Dealer for Sosofra, has recently been released from prison and owes Sosofra two hundred thousand pounds. If the debt is not paid, Sosofra will give the order to kill his long-time girlfriend; TIA, who has recently revealed to Marcus that she is expecting his child.

An unsuccessful assassination attempt on Sosofra leaves him looking for revenge and decidedly cast out the Rulers' inner circle. He is now an outsider seeking finance.

JACK SLACK is a flamboyant, high flying Government Cabinet Minister: Secretary for Trade & Industry. He keeps a weekday apartment adjacent to Tia's. Slack is entangled in a government scandal and is being investigated by the Governments' Select Committee. He is also a cocaine addict, has weekly liaisons with dominatrix call girl LUCY and holds off shore bank accounts containing millions in swindled and embezzled cash.

FLETCHER, an ex high ranking cop turned Dealer. He takes care of all of Slacks' illicit dealings; money laundering, call girl procurement and other questionable pleasures. However, Fletcher is getting ambitious and dreams of one day becoming a Ruler himself. He cooks up a murderous plan to extort millions from Slack. For a slice of the haul, long time business colleague, Sosofra, is called in to help execute the plan.

They plot to kidnap Slack and electronically transfer millions from his Swiss bank accounts. In recompense for his debt owed to Sosofra, Marcus is forced to carry out the kidnapping.

Rulers & Dealers is poetically brutal and intriguingly sexual. Set in the present day against a backdrop of gangsterism and political corruption in the inner city of London. It is thrilling and visually dark, drawing inspiration from such great films as; The Godfather, Marathon Man and China Town.

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