Ghetto Madness: [get-oh] [mad-nis] adjective The fleeting moment where a rational thinking individual is overcome by a sudden bout of ignorance.


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.


“Conscience hip hop? Oi, that’s a BIG oxymoron, I lie?”



“A man needs to be a role model. An inspiring figure”

The Director

Having produced a number of award winning short films and music videos, ‘Ghetto Madness’ is the first feature length script Thabo Mhlatshwa has worked on.

His passion for writing this film come through his desire to show a true depiction of the Urban world in which he grew up in, but rarely saw portrayed in the media. A world which is as dangerous as one would expect. But also one where life long friendships are made, where the sun shines for days on end, where music is seen as a form of entertainment  and not as a career path, and whose inhabitants have ambitions that extend beyond dealing drugs.

The script has drawn influence from a number of classic coming of age films such as ‘American Graffiti’, ‘La Haine’, ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Superbad’. However at all times it remains loyal to it’s UK roots, which helps to bring a unique feel to a mainstream concept.

Thabo has recently worked as the visual director on the independent horror film ‘Young, High and Dead‘ which stared Philip Barantini (‘Band of Brothers’, ‘Ned Kelly’) and Hannah Tointon (‘The Inbetweeners’ ‘The Children’).

He has spent many years working in the Casting Industry and in that time has been luckily enough to be involved in the casting process of a number of TV programs and feature films including ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Rush’ and ‘Welcome To The Punch.’


“You mashed up my game man”

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