Summer 2001. Tony Blair’s new Labour government has just won a second term in office with a landslide victory.
England have beaten Germany 5 – 1 on their own patch. And Garage collective, The So Solid Crew are at the top of the charts. Things are looking good.
Nowhere more so than in a small corner of Peckham where teenage prodigy Michael is about to have his life long ambition realised. He is set to become the first member of his family to go University. Not just any university mind, but Oxford. Here he will read law and thus fulfil the dreams of his noble father who he never met.
However on the day he is due to get his grades and Michael’s dream is set to start coming together, his life begins to fall apart. He finds out that his inspirational father figure is not the character his mother made him out to be. His juvenile friends, whose help he needs now more than ever, busy themselves with their own trivial pursuits. His younger brother, who Michael tries to steer down the right path, confesses his hatred for him. And the local rude boy has decided that Michael makes for the perfect victim for a spot of target practice.
Well at least he can rely on his grades to get him out of his current predicaments. Because if he doesn’t get them, then like his friends, family and all those around him, all he will have to look forward to, would be a life full of Ghetto Madness.