“I feel like it’s important for me as a filmmaker to keep evolving. And as a person in general, I think it’s important to always want to progress and do better. But more specifically, as a member of the black community, I’ve seen that we have progressed so far, and it’s now time to move on.
“If people wanna say this [street dramas] trend is my fault, I’ll take that on the chin. I’m proud that I did those films and I’m proud that they spawned more, because if I hadn’t made those films (Kidulthood and Adulthood), we wouldn’t have had as many black actors on screens as we’ve had in the past few years.”
“Now, I don’t think we need to be seen as those guys anymore; angry guys swinging bats. Those types of films were a call for attention, as if to say ‘we [black actors and filmmakers] are here’ – much like films like Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society were in America 15, 20 years ago.”
“But after that, black American films moved on and I think we need to do the same in the UK. That’s why I did 126.96.36.199. It was a conscious choice not to make a third ‘hood’ film, but to instead make a film about four girls. Now, Storage 24 shows people from our community that you can be in a film fighting aliens. It’s not just Will Smith that can do that [in Men In Black] – you can do it! And not only can you do it, but you don’t have to die first!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some black militant who’s going around waving my fist.“My wife’s Portuguese; my oldest son can count to 10 in French, Portuguese and English. But I don’t forget what I am and where I’m from, and what my mum went through to get me to where I am today. [Via The Voice]
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I agree that it is time to move on from tired films/dramas that depict gang violence, road man antics and young black males behaving like wild animals. But thankfully we seem to be steadily moving on from this phase.
And as for quickly insisting that he is “no black militant who’s going around waving my fist” etc…. Don’t fret Noel. No one thinks that you’re a “black militant” because you have spoken out about the plight of black actors in this country. You haven’t alienated a broad section of your fan base and industry bigwigs will still give your future projects the green light.
Now take a deep breath and breathe.
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