New County Lines trailer: A highly impressive debut showing how thousands of UK children are lost to the drug trade

A few weeks ago we showcased the original trailer for writer-director Henry Blake's impressive debut, County Lines and we can now reveal the official trailer released by the BFI. The county lines drug and child trafficking trade has become an epidemic in recent years, with thousands of young kids being forced into the movement of class A drugs. Blake originally conceived the idea as a short back in 2017 and has since gathered together the funding needed to turn it into his debut feature, appearing at LFF last year and receiving very strong reviews. We'll have a review closer to release and after recently seeing it can confirm that thanks to sober direction and a full suite of strong performances this is one fans of social realist cinema should bookmark. Watch the new trailer for County Lines above.

Inspired by true events, County Lines is a vivid and moving coming-of-age film about a young single mum and her 14-year old son who is groomed into involvement in county lines, the lethal nationwide drug dealing networks which exploit vulnerable children into trafficking drugs, mainly heroin and crack cocaine, from urban areas to rural or market towns or coastal locations.

With Blake writing and directing, the cast stars Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe, Harris Dickinson and Marcus Rutherford.

County Lines opens in select UK cinemas on April 17.

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