Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Against all Odds, directed by Femi Oyeniran and Nicky “Slimting” Walker, is said to be the “first ever grime film”. The film will show how grime rose up from the underground, to being a staple of UK music culture and celebrated by fans and critics alike. The movie will come with a soundtrack EP released by Motown UK and will premier on the relaunched channel U.
Grime enthusiasts Femi Oyeniran and Nicky “Slimting” Walker are directing the “first ever grime film”, Against all Odds. With grime being such a successful musical genre the last few years, it's surprising this will be the first ever grime movie! In the movies press release, Oyeniran and Walker write:
“Against All Odds is our visual homage to one of the most potent expressions of Black British music, Grime. To get the opportunity to create the musical accompaniment to the first ever Grime movie, with a team led by Rob Pascoe and Afryea Henry-Fontaine, has been a pleasure. They have supported us every step of the way. The music and the film are a celebration of Black British Heritage; there is no better home for that than the legendary Motown.”
Against all Odds will come with a soundtrack EP, which is set to be released on 13th of November by the UK branch of Motown. The EP will feature music from artists like D Double E, Sir Spyro, Jammer, and Flowdan. It will also feature a remix of Maxwell D’s early grime hit “Serious”, now featuring Capo Lee, Novelist, So Large, Bruza, and Tempa T.
The creators of the movie have joined forces with Link Up TV to relaunch Channel U, the grime TV station that helped make Grime as big as it is today, but went off the air in 2018. Against All Odds will premiere on the channel when it returns to satellite TV channels in the UK on November 13. If and where it can be found for streaming online is currently unclear.
You can watch the trailer for Against All Odds down here: