British rapper Plan B took inspiration from filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Shane Meadows for his directorial debut, Ill Manors.
The hip-hop star, real name Benjamin Ballance-Drew, admits he was heavily influenced by his heroes when he wrote and directed the upcoming drama, which is set in a deprived area of East London.
He tells The Playlist, "My music's my first love, and I feel, out of everything I do, it's what I'm a master at, whereas filmmaking, obviously I'm still learning. But I saw it as a logical progression, because I've always tried to tell stories within my music...
"After I shot my short film, I realised it was the parts that we improvised, not the ones I wrote, that was where the magic happened. So I wanted to find out more about Shane Meadows, 'cause I knew he did that... So the references were (Danish director) Nicolas Winding Refn, and the man, Shane Meadows.
"And Quentin Tarantino, how he can make something mundane, two people talking complete f**king s**t, but make it interesting. You can go to a pub and sit at the bar, with some really charismatic f**king joker, and listen to him just talk."