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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 13:58 UK time, Monday, 18 July 2011

Now you've seen Kidulthood and Adulthood is on tonight at 10pm, find out more about the films' award-winning actor, writer and director Noel Clarke. We put some of your questions to the West London-born star and here are his answers.

From Tom Newton on Facebook: How did you become an actor? Noel: It was something I always wanted to do since I was about 5 years old. Years later I just got lucky and met the right person at the right time. After that, knowing how lucky I was to be doing the job I'd dreamed about, I just knuckled down and focused.

From Christinee Kane McIntosh on Facebook: What made you even think of Kidulthood and Adulthood?
Noel: Well, the first film is based partially on me and my friends hanging out back in the day so it wasn't tough to think of it. Putting a story together and connecting things I'd experienced and seen was the tricky part.

From Andy on Facebook: Having re-watched Kidulthood, did you realise back in 2006 and before Adulthood that it would remain relevant nearly 6 years later? Will there be a third story to tell?
Noel: The constants will always be relevant. There will always be bullies, there will always be teenagers, there will always be strong weak, good, bad, drugs, sex. What we have to do is educate those we are responsible for to try and do things the right way. Is there a third story? Maybe. Will I tell it? I don't know. Maybe BBC3 seeing how popular these are should make a TV show!

From @nicwwfc on Twitter: What is your worst memory from school?
Noel: I actually don't have have one. Maybe that's it. The fact that school wasn't actually that memorable at all. I couldn't tell you a best memory, let alone a worst.

From Gabby Pepper on Facebook: What is it like having to play someone [Sam] so bitter, when you're a generally nice guy? What do you do to prep for it? Noel: Sam's character clearly has a few issues and it's hinted at in the film. To play him, I just bring that side out of me. Nice of you to say I'm a nice guy, but I think there's a little bit of all the characters I play somewhere inside.

From Adam Parkin on the blog: What inspired you to get into making films? And, how could anyone make it into films?
Noel: It's just something I always wanted to be a part of. Mostly as an actor but as you get older and bolder you want to try more and people gave me opportunities to write and direct. I just took them. As for how you get in, there is no right or wrong answer to that and it happens differently for everyone.

Noel Clarke at an awards ceremony

From @britclam on Twitter: You've accomplished a lot, what's next for you? Noel: I don't know. I'm trying/have written a few different things but just want to keep improving and make bigger films.

From @Cuuuuurlyyyyy on Twitter: What's the next Noel Clarke film?
Noel: I've written a sci-fi and co-written a rom-com. But the film I'm looking to direct next is an MMA [mixed martial arts] one. Hopefully this year.

From @MK7LFC on Twitter: What advice would you give to aspiring scriptwriters/filmmakers in this YouTube generation we live in now? Noel: Don't wait for things to happen. Go out and make them happen. There is so much opportunity right now to surprise the dinosaurs in this biz. Just do it.

From Kristian Maloney on Facebook: Are you appearing as Mickey in Doctor Who soon...?
Noel: Not that I know of. I love Doctor Who and Matt and Karen are great but I don't make those choices.

From @Mr_Costin on Twitter: What was the message being put across in both the movies - Kidulthood and Adulthood?

Noel: In Kidulthood, it was basically if you behave like this or immerse yourself in this world, then you could die. In Adulthood, it was more that you can walk away from bad things you don't have to fight, in some situations it's better to just walk away. People may call you names but you'll be alive.

Thanks for all the great questions you have posted on @bbc3tv on Twitter, BBC Three Facebook Fan Page and the blog. And don't forget, if you've missed it, you can still watch Adulthood on the iPlayer.

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.


  • Comment number 1.

    I just finished watching Adulthood and I watched Kidulthood last week, all I can say fantastic and touching films, the ending of kidulthood was so sad my g.f cried and even though I know it is acting I found it really really sad.

    I hope there is a third one though as I love english films and I hope for a third one.

  • Comment number 2.

    you said maybe to a sequel of adulthood and a lot of people i know love the films and would love a sequel so do you have any other clues you could give us about a sequel or if you actually are going to one??

  • Comment number 3.

    I loved watching both films mostly Adulthood Because I thought it gave a different message to most action based films, to walk away for once, very different message from Kidulthood Brilliant film and i'm hoping for a third one

  • Comment number 4.

    This is my second time watching Adulthood. LOVED it. Both, Kidulthood and Adulthood were brilliant movies, and will be timeless, adulthood was left was left so open and i'm desperately waiting on a third one!!

  • Comment number 5.

    kidulthood and adulthood are probably the best movies out and are really good and the story line to it is aswell are you thinking about making a third to the movie it would be really big as the first 2 movies or even bigger i think every body wants you to make a new one

  • Comment number 6.

    i think that every body is hoping that you make a third to this movie are you going to be making a third?


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