EXCLUSIVE: Urban drama - set to play at SXSW this weekend - sets UK theatrical and home ent dates.


Urban drama Honeytrap is to receive a UK theatrical release from May 8 through Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Inspired by true crime cases, the film will be released on DVD on May 25. A VOD release has yet to be confirmed.

Honeytrap marks the feature debut of writer-director Rebecca Johnson, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow.

The film received its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October and will get its US premiere at SXSW on Friday (March 13).

Set in London, the story centres on 15-year-old Layla who gets sucked into gang activity and sets up the boy who is in love with her to be killed.

Skins star Jessica Sula plays Layla and co-stars include Lucien Laviscount, Ntonga Mwanza and Naomi Ryan.

Johnson’s short films include Top Girl, which played at more than 30 festivals internationally, including Berlin, Rotterdam and Los Angeles, securing several awards before being picked up by Canal+.

Over the past 12 years, Johnson has run film projects with young people in Brixton - the urban setting of Honeytrap - through her not-for-profit company, Fierce Productions. The film was also produced by Bright Pictures and Finite Films Production.