The notorious Rettendon murders - where two Essex drugs dealers and their driver were blasted to death in mysterious circumstances - is revisited in this hard-hitting British drama. Director Paul Tanter's ambitious chronicle of events focusses on the colourfully violent lives of victims Tony Tucker, Pat Tate and Craig Rolfe and takes in the drugs death of a teenager and a Dutch drugs heist that went horribly wrong.
The brutal Rettendon murders of two drug dealers and their driver down an Essex country lane have obsessed geezer film-makers for more than fifteen years.
No fewer than three films - Essex Boys, Rise of the Footsoldier and Bonded By Blood - have attempted to shed light on the slayings of low-life wrong 'uns Tony Tucker, Pat Tate and Craig Rolfe in a sort of Essex take on Chicago's St Valentine's Day massacre.
Now comes this, from White Collar Hooligan producer Jonathan Sothcott, director Paul Tanter and debut writer Stephen, who recruit regulars from EastEnders, Spooks and Wire in the Blood for the latest conspiratorial take on the killings.
The story is seen through the eyes of "supergrass" Darren Nicholls (Nick Nevern) and chronicles how his own role in a screwed-up drugs deal resulted in the murders and the mistaken arrests that followed.
Peter Barrett, Jay Brown and Simon Phillips are suitably convincing as the murdered trio, by turns brutally cocky and mindnumbingly incompetent and there's a strong turn from Robert Cavanah as the duplicitous Mickey Steele.