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Innocent 14-year-old becomes ‘county lines’ drug runner in new independent film coming to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:03 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 31 August 2018

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

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A hard-hitting independent film depicting the realities of the illegal drug trade in the UK is being show in Ipswich next month.

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDALHenry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

County Lines is being shown for professionals working with children, families and communities in Ipswich at Jerwood Dancehouse, Foundry Lane, on September 12.

The film focuses on 14-year-old Tyler Hughes, sent from London to sell drugs in a neglected town.

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDALHenry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

Alone and unprotected, he finds himself trapped in a series of complex and high-risk situations in a film showing the serious threat the county lines issue - of big city gangs using youngsters to transport drugs to smaller towns - poses to Britain’s children.

The showing will also include a question and answer session with the film’s writer and director, Henry Blake.

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDALHenry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

Passionate about realism, Mr Blake’s work is heavily research-based, character-lead drama.

The film can be seen at 1.30pm, 4pm or 6.30pm, but please note that the showings are an 18+ event.

Henry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDALHenry Blake has written and directed the hard-hitting film County Lines, telling the story of Tyler Hughes, a teenager pulled into a life of drug running across the UK. Picture: SVERRE SORDAL

Book your place at one of the showings here.

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