Films can be based on real life events in a loose way or based on a specific incident. Ken Loach film "Sweet Sixteen" told the tale of a teenage boy trying to do a drugs deal. I think its one of his better films. It is purely fictional. Another recent film based on real events is the Irish film "What Richard Did". This was based on a specific incident. It did cause controversy in Eire as it was clear this was based on an actual event that was recent. They are very different kinds of film. I think it depends on how the director/ writer use the material and what they are trying to say. Loach/ Laverty make films that have a more or less clear political position. "What Richard Did" is a very different kind of film. Dark and leaving the viewer to interpret what the film is about. If the director is loosely basing the premise of the film on a real event and then working with local young people in a collaborative way to say something about being a teenage girl in Brixton then I do not have a problem with that. The main issue that has come up on this thread is that there have been a lot of recent films about gangs and young people. But no films about life in London that does not include gangs. As most young people are not involved in gangs. Today I saw a film about a girl in London that did not contain gangs- "Broken" It had just about every other social issue you can think of but not gangs. A good film and for my 2 friends very moving.