Magazine article Screen International

Noel Clarke Highlights Independent Film Challenge

Magazine article Screen International

Noel Clarke Highlights Independent Film Challenge

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BAFTA-winning actor-director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood) has highlighted growing distribution challenges for independent films.

Speaking to Screen, Clarke, who has run UK production outfit Unstoppable Entertainment for nine years, said that over the last decade "it has become harder to find distribution, particularly to get seen in cinemas".

The Star Trek Into Darkness actor also added that from a production viewpoint "it has become a lot harder to get things over the line" and that there is now "more of an emphasis to make films more commercial", saying "you have to have the faces" to get backing.

To help a UK indie film get seen, particularly in cinemas, Clarke suggested that a bespoke promotion could be run to support independent films in the vein of 2-for-1 cinema ticket initiative Meerkat Movies, formerly Orange Wednesdays.

"I've spoken to cinemas about the possibility of having a 'British Film Friday' to promote British independent films," he said.

In 2015, more films than ever were distributed in the UK but many smaller titles, as well as foreign films, struggled to hit home. …

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