Noel Clarke has hit out at black critics who have accused him of not supporting the Black British film industry.
Despite his nomination in two prestigious categories (Best Cinema Director and Best Male Performance in Film) in next month’s Screen Nation Awards, an event which celebrates black British talent in film, Britain’s most successful contemporary black director seems to have fallen out of love with the grass roots.
In a recent interview the BAFTA winning director of the seminal urban epic Kidulthood, and its critically acclaimed sequel Adulthood, spoke of the numerous telephone calls and messages he receives about his apparent lack of support for the black community.
A guy was on the phone to me the other day telling me about ‘you don’t help black people’ I said I put more black people on the cinema screen in the past five years than was on there in the previous ten… There’s one guy running around saying I don’t support people and that ain’t true because I support a lot of people
Clarke went on to say that he doesn’t let the negativity bring him down,
when you have the littlest dog with the loudest bark sometimes people listen to that. But generally I don’t really care. You can’t care. It’s not an arrogant or ego thing, it will drive you mad. If I was bothered about every man who goes on Twitter or Facebook or some of the texts I get, you can’t care about that
You tell em Noel! So even though the 35-year-old believes he is the reason black cinema in Britain exists today, he is neither a superhero nor the job centre!
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