After making waves when it first arrived on screens in 2019, Blue Story has found its way onto Netflix here in the UK in November 2021.

As such, the film is catching the attention of fans all over again, with it currently sitting fourth on the top 10 list of trending films and shows at the time of writing.

However, viewers have been left with a number of questions about the hard-hitting film, most notably with many asking if Blue Story is based on a true story and real events.

Blue Story | Official Trailer

Blue Story | Official Trailer

Blue Story release date and plot

First released in November 2019 to rave reviews and outbreaks of violence at some cinemas, Blue Story was added to Netflix in the UK on November 20th, 2021.

Directed by Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu), Blue Story tells the tale of best friends Marco and Timmy who are from different areas of London.

The two friends find themselves becoming enemies after they are dragged into a violent and insidious postcode war between two gangs based in Peckham and Deptford.

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Is Blue Story based on a true story?

Yes, Blue Story is based on the real-life experiences of the film’s director, Rapman, who himself grew up in Deptford in the London borough of Lewisham.

However, while the events of Blue Story are based on the director’s own experiences, the film’s events and characters have been fictionalised for dramatic purposes.

Saying that, the film’s gangs – the Ghetto Boys and the Peckham Boys – are based on real-life groups which have been active since the 1980s and 1990s respectively.

Their long-standing rivalry was at its worst during the mid-2000s with several violent clashes making the news at the time, such as a shootout outside the Urban Music Awards in October 2004 where 18 gunshots were reportedly exchanged.

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Director Rapman has signed a deal with Netflix

In December 2020, it was confirmed that Rapman had signed a deal with Netflix to create more hard-hitting projects and to increase the diversity on the platform.

Speaking in an Instagram post at the time, Rapman said: “Big up @netflixuk Anne Mensah & Sophie Klein especially. I can’t say too much now but believe me when I say the game is about to change.”

According to GRM Daily, the rapper, writer and director is due to create a science fiction film for the streaming service but details remain thin on the ground.

However, before that project can go ahead, Rapman is currently working on another film for Paramount Pictures, titled American Son, which is a remake of the French film Prophet and has Russell Crowe lined up to star.

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Blue Story is available to stream now on Netflix UK after being made available on November 20th, 2021.

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