It’s a been a while since Aml Ameen left the UK to set his sights on acting success in the states.

Fast forward 10 years, a few Hollywood series and blockbuster films under his belt in front of the camera, now Ameen will get his chance to direct his first feature. Based on his 2011 short, Drink, Drugs & KFC Ameen has reworked the story and called it, A Night Worth Living. He’ll be working with QC Entertainment, one of the smart production companies behind Get Out.

Joining forces with Electric Republic, QC will produce and finance the ‘coming of age’ film, and they’ve already cast  Skylan Brooks (The Get Down) and Jaz Sinclair (When the Bough Breaks).

Ameen who co-wrote the film with Bruce Purnell, said, “A Night Worth Living is a coming-of-age story based on truths and characters from my teenage years and inspired in part by the John Hughes movies I grew up loving… 

“Movies like The Breakfast Club were the reason I wanted to become a filmmaker.”

After having significant roles in George Lucas’ Red Tails (2012), opposite Oprah in The Butler (2013) and YA adaptation Maze Runner (2014), we’ll next see Ameen leading Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie. Adapted from the 1992 cult classic novel by Victor Headley, Yardie will premiere at this weekend at the 2018 Sundance film festival.

A Night Worth Living will begin filming in Spring.


Drink, Drugs & KFC written and directed by Aml Ameen is a coming of age romantic comedy. Geeky Teenager Nathan (Kedar Williams-Stirling), finds himself in love with Montana, the most sought after girl in college, it’s his last night to proclaim his feelings, but standing in the way is her ex boyfriend Max (Mikel Ameen) and the crew he’s trying to gain acceptance from.