There are few people in British film that work as hard as Noel Clarke, and following the recent release of Fast Girls - which he wrote - the versatile film maker is now the starring role in his upcoming feature Storage 24.
Hitting our screens this coming Friday - June 29 - and directed by Johannes Roberts, Storage 24 is a sci-fi thriller with Clarke playing Charlie - locked inside a storage warehouse alongside his best friend, ex-girlfriend, and a big, terrifying, human-eating alien.
Speaking to The Fan Carpet's Stefan Pape, Clarke discusses his reasons for not directing this particular feature, whilst also telling us of his joy at working alongside Roberts. The Kidulthood star also let's us into a little gossip about a potential sequel.
So you’ve chosen not to direct this one...
I've got a little production company now and I decided that the greed or ego of directing everything in the company would have meant that you get less done. It’s a very small company, there’s only three of us and we get partners for each project, if I directed this it takes me out for nine months. But if I write projects and get in other directors, we can do two or three films a year, potentially. We did Storage and The Knot, which is a wedding comedy which is coming out and I also did Fast Girls as well, I wrote it for Damian Jones who is a friend of mine after he produced Kidulthood and Adulthood, and I just thought I could improve the productivity of the company by stepping back and thinking, actually I don’t need to do everything and I can bring my protégées through. I've got some boys I've been teaching and mentoring and they’ve been stepping up and now they’ve got writing credits, bring them through, bringing other directors through, enabling us to all start moving forward as opposed to me going ‘right you lot aren’t doing nothing for the rest of the year cos I'm doing this’. So that’s essentially the plan.
Do you quite enjoy seeing a director’s own take on your script or do you feel quite protective over it sometimes?
Again that would be part of the ego and would only be disabling. It's beneficial to hire a guy that has a similar vision, when you meet a bunch of directors and you hire the director and then you let them do what they do, that’s their job you know.
You're obviously a collaborator then...
Yeah, but also it’s a learn thing, because when you first start you realize there aren’t roles for people like yourself and when you start controlling everything and learn actually its more beneficial to collaborate because then you get more done and more of you are powerful compared to one person trying to be this crazy lunatic doing everything.
As a man of many genres, what do you find yourself enjoying the most?
Well the interesting thing as a film fan, and this is what I try to explain to people, its now become apparent that I'm not the person who sticks to one thing. I'd rather be the guy who does 100 things well as opposed to the guy who does one thing brilliantly. You might do it brilliantly but you're boring and you do one thing and I feel that I need to dot around because as a film fan I like lots of different films, I don’t just like that kind of film, I like loads of different films. So as a film creator and maker myself I want to do all sort of different things. The next thing we have coming out is a rom-com in October called The Knot, it’s a wedding rom-com, and its Bridesmaids meets The Hangover just mushed into one.
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STORAGE 24 IS OUT JUNE 29