What can you tell us about Shifty?
Riz: "It's a witty, suburban thriller."
Daniel: "It's 24 hours in the day of a life of a young Muslim crack cocaine dealer. A lot of people sum it up like that, but it's ultimately a film about friendship. The film becomes a battle for Shifty's soul. It's also a story about redemption for my character, facing up to this dark past that he's left behind. There's deep-rooted themes of wasted potential and the wrong choices that we all make in life."
Would you call it an anti-drugs film?
Riz: "I wouldn't say that it's got a clear stance. It's not a message movie. The characters aren't caricatures and we're not dealing in types. Rani didn't want Chris to be played as the doe-eyed everyman and he didn't want Shifty to be played as a 'drug dealer'. We're just people in these situations. It doesn't patronise the audience with simplistic characters or a preachy message. I think it's important to remind people that people who take drugs or sell drugs are people like me or you. I think our job as actors is to humanise people that we might think of as certain types."
Was it hard working to such a strict budget and timeframe?
Daniel: "I remember the last week being incredibly tense, because you're shooting up to eight or nine pages a day, instead of two. We lost the last location and we had to go outside the producer's dad's house, which we weren't actually allowed to shoot at. Everybody had to talk in whispers, so it was a very surreal end to the shoot."
Riz: "It's just written so well, your job is made very easy. It's written amazingly."
Daniel: "We were blessed with a really good script and a group of really hardworking people that wanted to make their mark in the industry. I think the way the film has been received and the reviews that it's got, we're really, really proud of it."
Do you think the film could become a cult classic on DVD?
Daniel: "We were lucky enough that the film was received well and went to cinemas. If I'm being honest, I'm slightly disappointed with how much it probably took at the box office. Maybe it was always going to be the sort of film that did better with the DVDs than the cinemas."
Riz: "I feel like among film critics and film lovers it already is, which is amazing to say for Eran's first film."
Would you work with Eran again?
Daniel and Riz: "Oh yes!"
Daniel: "He's like a good mate now. I'd watch this space as to what he does next."
Riz: I feel so confident saying that he's going to be one of the biggest and best filmmakers to come out of this country."
Daniel: "He's very inspirational to filmmakers that want to get out."
Riz: "They can step up to the plate and take that opportunity and seize it like Eran did. I think we'd both be happy to make tea on his next film. Though, if we were making tea we'd probably be a bit annoyed!"
Shifty is out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 24.