Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope premièred at the Sydney Film Festival on Monday June 8th at the State Theatre. Laced with an epic hip hop soundtrack executively produced by Pharrell, combined with fantastic acting from rising talents Shameik Moore (Malcolm) and Kiersey Clemons (Diggy) and you’ve got yourself one of the top films to be released so far this year.
A$ap Rocky gives a surprisingly strong performance as street drug dealer Dom, while Blake Anderson (Workaholics) stars as a parallel character who ‘deals’ primarily in cyberspace. It’s an authentic capture of the digital realities of our generation, and the opportunities (both legal and illegal) that this new landscape affords. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Friday in 2015 and despite some brief and fleeting moments of cheese, it’s a fantastic film. Dope will launch across the U.S. on June 19.