Thursday, 19 November 2009

Talk with Noel Clarke

I was suprised this wasn't sold out or why all the seats weren't filled. Noel Clarke was unbelievably down to earth as ever!! It was so informal it just didn't really seem like a talk but more like a chat. I think this has probably been one of the most inspirational talks i've been to. Giving past experience and advice to the crowd and being very modest. This talk was mainly about his new film 4321, which i was very lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the trailer.

Although he was never fully trained as a director he started acting from a very young age. From there, when others would go home or back to their trailers to rest, he would stay and observe the things going on around him, and from here he would learn some new skills, which will later play a vital part in his career. One sound advice i got was to look at dvd commentaries, which is something i do sometimes. Not only that he has a real attitude about him a real hunger for success, and always room for improvement. He noted that "Not being scared of failure, there is nothing to lose" as something he always reflects upon on. Trying doesn't hurt, and the ever talented Noel, isn't one ever scared of trying. Being an actor, director and writer for films Kidulthood, Adulthood, Dr Who etc. The list is almost endless. A with many directors, and sometimes the problem, many get pigeon holed into one certain genre and many are scared of moving out of this, what Noel has said is that you should never let yourself get into this position and your work should always evolve, capturing important subjects that is interesting to yourself and connects with the audience.

Also supportive of the current underground scene, which has seen numerous unsigned artists send in music to used in the soundtrack for his films.

One hour fully enjoyed! One chance only.

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