With the release of Brotherhood Noel Clarke has achieved a rare distinction. He has given the world an original British film trilogy. The Bridget Jones franchise will also tick the trilogy box next month. But, while good old Bridge has passed through many pairs of hands since her realisation from page to screen, Noel has maintained a firmer grip on his controversial protagonist.
The writer, star and (latterly) director of Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016) sat down with us to discuss the closing chapter in this groundbreaking series. Joining him were Arnold Oceng (reprising the role of Henry, his Adulthood character) and Jason Maza who both produced the film and appears as vicious Essex villain Daley.
We discussed the industry’s peculiar attitudes to working class film, Arnold’s screen time with grime artist Stormzy, Jason’s aptitude for being mean and the role Noel played in John Boyega’s path to Star Wars.
We also asked Noel about a challenge concealed in the film’s credits and discovered how he has changed in the ten years since Kidulthood first hit our cinema screens.