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British Film and the BAFTA’s: A Bright New Star

noel clarkeLadies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to Noel Clarke. On Sunday night he won the Rising Star Award at the BAFTA’s — British Academy of Film and Television Arts (our version of the Oscars). He, and the director Steve McQueen became the first and second black males to win movie Baftas.
He’ s an actor, screenwriter and director and produced two of the best “street” films of the past few years: Kidulthood and Adulthood (I guess you could say they’re the UK version of Boyz in the Hood). He’s also appeared in several successful TV programmes including “Dr.Who.”
For him to have won this is a huge deal. The Rising Star award is the only one voted for by the public, and he had stiff competition. But through everyday people posting the voting line on their Facebook status, Myspace pages and forwarding emails to their mates — we made his dream possible.
Because of his age — 33 — and the type films he makes (black), it’s an incredible achievement for him. In his acceptance speech he quotes Barack Obama’s slogan “yes we can”. At just 33 he’s achieved what a lot of young black actors and writers could only dream of: he stays true to his roots, and makes films about the streets — to educate those who choose to turn away from it… and gets recognition for it.

If you get a chance to see Kidulthood or Adulthood—you should.

Noel’s directing talent is still a work in progress, there’s a lot more creativity in him left to shine… but from all the texts messages and emails I’ve had since he won, there are a lot of people out there who are  incredibly proud of him.

—Miss London

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