i am urban 


best actor award for urban and the shed crew
best actor award for urban and the shed crew

it only takes one person to care


Eleven-year-old Urban Grimshaw doesn’t go to school, he doesn’t read, write, or follow rules. His mother is addicted to heroin and no one knows where, or even who, his father is. He’s always in trouble with the police, but neither they nor the local kids’ home can keep him down. He’s earned the title of Britain’s most runaway child, with an appearance on Crimewatch as proof.

Urban may not have parents to rely on, but he does have The Shed Crew. A gang of disaffected kids aged between ten and fourteen; no strangers to drink, drugs and sex, the crew spend their days sitting around a campfire smoking weed, drinking, or stealing and setting fire to cars. This is all they have; no future, no choices, and no one seems to care…

Chop, a straight-talking, disillusioned ex-social worker who, like many living on the margins of society, has lost hope of a better future and relies on cheap beer, drugs and acerbic humour to get through the days. Another no-hoper, worn down and worn out by the constraints of a failed system.

To add to his troubles, a drunken, opportunistic night with Urban’s mother, Greta, proves to be far from the light relief Chop was hoping for, and, somehow, despite his better judgement, he finds himself dragged into Urban’s life too.

Sometimes you can’t just sit back and watch anymore; sometimes, like it or not, no matter the consequences, you have to do what you can to help. The question is who is helping who?


“Candida Brady’s masterful film adaptation is a striking and important picture with a timely urgency and palpable compassion for it’s subjects” 

Brendan Campbell

“Moving, heartfelt and increasingly relevant, Urban is a blistering glimpse inside the reality of so many young people across the world” 

Gemma Pecorini Goodall

i am urban produced in association with circadian pictures.

Chop: Richard Armitage

Greta: Anna Friel

Doc: Neil Morrissey

Urban: Fraser Kelly

Frank: Charlie Heaton

Sparky: Liam Ainsworth

Amber: Nadine Mulkerrin

Skeeter: Jonathan Payne

Thieving Little Simpkins: Ellie Rooney-West

Kara: Olivia Tomlinson

Sam: Oscar Rogers

Molly: Olivia Downey-Hullah

Cod: Curtis Flowers

Madge: Kathryn Drysdale

Tyson: Max

I am Urban directed by Candida Brady Starring Richard Armitage Anna Friel Fraser Kelly Charlie Heaton Stranger Things