Four Lions

November 5th 2010
  • Comedy,
  • R,
  • 97 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kayvan Novak, Riz Ahmed, Preeya Kalidas, Nigel Lindsay, Craig Parkinson, Julia Davis, Darren Boyd, Arsher Ali, Alex MacQueen, Kevin Eldon, Will Adamsdale, Adeel Akhtar, Chris Wilson, Danny Ashok, Toby Longworth, Wasim Zakir, Marcus Garvey, Adil Mohammed Javed, Ian Hughes, Mohammad Aqil, William El Gardi, Karl Seth, Jonathan Maitland
  • Director: Chris Morris
  • Writers: Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain
  • Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
  • Associate Producers: Afi Khan, Faisal A. Qureshi
  • Executive Producers: Angus Aynsley, Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Mark Findlay, Caroline Leddy, Alex Marshall
  • Art Direction: Julie Ann Horan
  • Casting: Des Hamilton
  • Costume Design: Charlotte Walter
  • D.O.P.: Lol Crawley
  • Editor: Billy Sneddon
  • Makeup: Vikki Lawson
  • Music: Jihaddywaddy
  • Production Design: Dick Lunn


In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him.

Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - if he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb – but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper." Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?

"Four Lions" plunges us beyond seeing these young men as unfathomably alien. It undermines the folly of just wishing them away or, even worse, alienating the entire culture from which they emerge. The film is neither pro nor anti religious. The jokes fly out of the characters' conflicts, excesses and mistakes. Crackling with wit and tension, "Four Lions" is the essential response to our failure to engage with reality and a high toast to the idea that laughter is better than killing.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Almeria, Spain; Yorkshire, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Language throughout including some sexual references
  • Production Budget: £4 million
  • Production Companies: Film4, Wild Bunch, Optimum Releasing, Warp Films
  • Production Schedule: May 2009 - August 2009

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On January 23rd 2010, Four Lions had its world premier at Sundance. On the same day, the UK "terror threat" level was raised to "severe" due to non-specific "chatter".

The last scenes set in London were actually filmed in Sheffield.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 May 2010: UK
  • 23 July 2010: Finland, Spain
  • 27 July 2010: Estonia
  • 26 August 2010: Australia
  • 9 September 2010: Belgium, Netherlands
  • 30 September 2010: Russia
  • 7 October 2010: Denmark
  • 8 December 2010: France