Rashid “Rash” (James Floyd) and Mo (Fady Elsayed) are two teenage sons of Egyptian descent who have moved with their family to London. The former, who is the older brother, is an incognito drug dealer who makes just enough money to make his life and the life of those he cares about slightly more comfortable. Although he comes from a modest household, Rash is well aware of the savage, dark world outside of his cozy home – the dangerous, criminal streets of Hackney. Despite having seen his fair share of wickedness and heinous events, Rash loves his younger brother dearly and would do anything to protect him. Shielding and nurturing, the teenage boy wants to be a good role model for Mo – he constantly encourages him to keep learning, he buys him little gifts when he is well-behaved and he insists that he stays in school.
On the other hand, Mo is highly susceptible and slowly but surely begins to idolize his older brother. Although the latter tries to teach him life lessons under the motto of “do as I say, not as I do”, Mo becomes exceedingly interested in drug trade and living outside the law. In spite of wanting to keep him away from these experiences, Rash does agree to let his little brother do a drop-off for him. Unfortunately, the job is interrupted by a rival gang member named Demon (Leemore Marrett Jr.) who robs Mo of the merchandise. When Rash finds out, he seeks revenge and initiates a fight between the two gangs. To his shock and dismay, his best friend, Izzi (Anthony Welsh), is killed in the altercation. This makes Rash want to finally leave his gang and harmful lifestyle behind, pushing him towards discovering his sexuality.
“A powerful, moving look at family, homophobia, and trying to find a worthwhile life in the inner cities, which succeeds thanks to strong performances, a perceptive script, excellent cinematography and direction that prizes real people over urban thriller cliché.”
— Big Gay Picture Show
Did You Know?
My Brother the Devil came about out of the director’s desire to return and depict the reality of her home county. Sally El Hosaini, who is also half-Egyptian, lived in London’s Hackney for well over ten years of her life and wanted to explore the youth’s raw experiences and concerns within this area. The movie was shot a few minutes away from where the director used to live. Hosaini also wanted to create an anti-terrorist film, which accurately represents the cultural melting pot in Hackney, as well as the different coteries which are formed there. The director began writing her script after the 7/7 London tube bombings in an effort to re-balance perspective on terror threats and mixed races. Review our Gay Themed Films Here