Rapper Abracadabra lands first acting role in Fan Studios film ‘Trapping’ about County Lines

MOBO award winning British Rapper Abracadabra is cast in his first ever acting role in feature Trapping from Fan Studios and multiple award-winning and two-times BAFTA and GRAMMY® nominated filmmaker Penny Woolcock.

Multiple award-winning and two-tmes BAFTA and GRAMMY® nominated filmmaker, director, writer and social activist Penny Woolcock (Tina Goes Shopping, Shakespeare on The Estate, Ackley Bridge, The Death of Klinghoffer) has teamed up with production company Fan Studios to create the film Trapping – a brutally honest fictonal portrayal of the distressing reality of county lines in the UK.

Trapping will premiere on 15 September on brand new pay-per-view streaming platform The Drop which will
launch on the same day. The Drop is the brainchild of Fan Studios founders, British directors, actors and Grime pioneers, Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood) and Nicky “Slimting” Walker. Supported by the British Film Institute, ground-breaking platform The Drop is dedicated to serving minority and underrepresented audiences globally and promoting independent and upcoming talent in the British TV and Film Industries.

Trapping, directed and written by Penny Woolcock, was filmed between economically deprived areas of London
and Kent and stars upcoming actors Louis Ede (leading character Daz), Aaliyah Gohir (Maryam), C-Biz (Bigger Man), Femi Oyeniran (Wole), Nicky Walker, (Slim Man), and Drill group OFB.

It also sees MOBO award winning rapper Abracadabra (leading county line gang member, Magic) cast in his first ever acting role. Hailing from Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham London, Abracadabra weaves his lived personal experience into his debut acting role to deliver a powerful and authentic performance.

Abracadabra says: “The movie speaks for itself, it’s got a message behind it, it’s an insight into what you could be
gettng yourself into trying to go down that road. If it’s not your portion, don’t go for it. It shouldn’t be for anyone
”.

Trapping delves deep into the less-explored world of ‘going county’ or OT (out of town), where children as young
as 6 years old and teenagers are being groomed by county line gangs to carry and sell drugs, move far away from
their homes, skip school, sleep in out-of-town “trap houses” (drug dens), keep secrets from their loved ones, and
become trapped in a hopeless situation.

Following likable and relatable London-based teenager called Daz, who sees dealing drugs as a route to easy cash to help his struggling family Daz becomes more involved in a county lines gang and is taken under the wing of lead member Magic. Coerced into moving to Margate in Kent Daz is thrust into scenarios that are completely out of his hands, forcing him to do things he never imagined – just to survive.

Laced with shocking imagery and harrowing scenes that are brought to life through the outstanding performances of the cast, Trapping is an uncomfortable watch and sends a warning message likely to stay with its audience. The subject matter couldn’t be more urgent considering The National Crime Agency has identified county lines as “the most frequently identified form of coerced criminality, with children representing the vast majority of victims”.
While The Children’s Society has reported that 46,000 children in England (with 4,000 teenagers being criminally
exploited in London alone), and 90% of English police forces have seen county lines activity violence getting worse, with 4 in 5 parents are worried about county lines in their local area.

Cast – Trapping

The situation has been further exacerbated by the recent rise of children reported missing from school and the
rapidly increasing deprivation felt by youth nationwide. With recent reports highlighting that one in five pupils in
England were persistently arriving in school hungry during the last school year, and Children’s Charities stating that
one in three children were living in poverty in the UK in 2021/2022, and around 350,000 more children were
pushed into poverty last year.

Beyond exploring the drug-riddled underbelly of county lines gangs, Trapping hones in on themes of drug
addiction, poverty, and squalor evident across Britain today.

The pioneering launch of new platform The Drop is powered by innovative technology from cutting edge web
company, TokenTraxx, to give fans exclusive access and experiences via a series of digital collectibles and NFTs,
providing the perfect platform for premiering this hard-hitting, timely British made film.

Fan Studios founders Femi Oyeniran and Nicky “Slimting” Walker say; “Trapping transports the viewer into the
‘traphouse’ in a way that has never been seen before. We’ve always taken an innovative approach to all our film
releases, and the launch of The Drop continues that trend. As streaming wars take centre stage and platforms like
Netflix zero in on using megastars to reach new audiences, whilst newer talent and filmmakers will struggle to find a home for their content. The Drop provides a ground-breaking global platform that will allow them to reach their audience and deliver access to exclusive content currently unavailable elsewhere.

Director Penny Woolcock adds, “I am very excited about the release of Trapping, a unique film young people will
actually want to watch. Introducing Louis Ede and the charismatic drill star Abracadabra with his mouthful of
diamonds, this is a rollercoaster ride, taking you deep into a world hiding in plain sight, right there on the edges of our cities and small towns. Easy to get into and impossible to leave.


Trapping will be available to view via The Drop September 15th

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