Idris Elba

If you happen to be a fan of all things Idris, I’m sure you will appreciate seeing the actor in a new string of short films. Today, BBC Three released a series of short films starring Idris Elba, produced by Idris Elba, and curated by … yep, you guessed it, Idris Elba!

The “Five by Five” series features new writers and gives new on-screen talent the opportunity to work with established actors. The series is a part of “The Idris Takeover,” a season of Elba-related content.



Based in London, the film series is “a drama told in five short episodes, each one showing the story from a different character’s perspective,” Elba explained on the BBC Three website. In the course of a day, each episode shows the encounters of these characters and challenges ideas of identity and perception.

The award-winning actor also stated, “I wanted to show lots of different people during my takeover because I grew up in a time when there wasn’t much diversity on television. Even using the word ‘diversity’ to describe characters on TV is a new thing. There was Trevor McDonald reading the news, and Lenny Henry doing comedy. But, on the whole, if you wanted to see a version of yourself on screen, you’d watch American TV. Now, I think British TV has overtaken America. Now, we don’t just mean race when we talk about diversity in the U.K.—we mean sexuality, class, gender.”

“Five by Five” is executive produced by Idris Elba for Green Door Pictures. You can watch all five episodes below:

Episode 1: Teenager Ash wants to be the big man. He knows what he has to do but he knows it’s wrong. A chance meeting begins a chain reaction of events with potentially fatal consequences.

Episode 2: Chloe is going to ask out a guy. Every detail has been planned, but romance is thwarted when she accidentally punches him in a case of mistaken identity.

Episode 3: Bloodied from an earlier encounter, Lucas meets the woman of his dreams but in an attempt to impress her, he lies and becomes embroiled in an argument that he doesn’t understand.

Episode 4: Janine wants to score but her local dealer can’t see past her wheelchair. Tired of the daily prejudice, she flips it to her advantage when a cop appears on the horizon.

Episode 5: Michael’s partner thinks he’s racist. When they meet a black teen in need of help but unable to ask for it, Michael’s decision to intervene or walk away could prove fatal.



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