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The lies people tell, the secrets that they don’t
Synopsis: Meet Tommy Akhtar, cricket fan, devoted son to an ailing father and deadbeat private eye. He’s got an office above a suburban cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and bourbon, and a finely tuned moral compass that he keeps hidden behind a sharp cynicism.
When Tommy walks into his office one morning to find high-class prostitute Melody seeking his help, he’s launched into a story that plays as an utterly original modern noir.
Melody wants Tommy to find her flatmate, Natasha, last seen meeting a new client at a Mayfair bar. During his bid to track her down Tommy finds the corpse of Pakistani businessman Usman Rana in a cheap hotel. Then, before he knows it, he’s been drawn into a sinister world triangulated by MI5, smack dealers and radical Islam. His journey to uncover the truth leads him into the murky politics of modern London and deeper still into his own history as a member of the Churchill Massive, a gang of London friends growing up together at the height of late-’90s New Labour optimism.
Haafiz ‘Lovely’ Ansari was the heart of the gang and was Tommy’s best friend. Lovely had it all: looks, charm, cool parents and a nice yard – everything Tommy lacked. Today, Lovely is a successful entrepreneur and a community figurehead. He’s still got it all. But Lovely is also Rana’s business partner and when Shelley Stevens, the Churchill Massive’s leading lady, returns to the old neighbourhood after a 20-year absence, Tommy sees his past and present becoming more entangled.
With the web of intrigue drawing tighter and friendships tested, Tommy finds himself confronted more and more by a tragic accident that hurt all three of these childhood friends. Only the bottle eases Tommy’s pain. Maybe, with Shelley’s help, Tommy can move on. Or will he succumb and let his past overwhelm him? Will he realize that the question is not ‘who’ killed Usman Rana but ‘why’? Maybe then he will learn the truth about the city with all those tiny lights…
Directed by Pete Travis, CITY OF TINY LIGHTS will be in UK Cinemas 7 April 2017.
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