Cultural Life: Noel Clarke, Actor & Director

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Shane Meadows' 'This Is England' captures England during the 1980's for those working-class British men who became disillusioned. 'Battle in Heaven' is a Mexican film about this old couple who kidnap a baby. 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' is about life after a stroke.


'Lost In Austen' because my friend Jemima Rooper is starring in it. I get fed up with period stuff, but this is quirky and modern as she gets transported back to the past. I'm a bit busy to watch TV. I have just filmed 'Heartless', and am on set with the horror comedy 'Doghouse'.


'Girl With a One-Track Mind: Confessions of the Seductress Next Door' by Abby Lee is an anonymous sex blog. Zoe Margolis was exposed as the author. Naughty or liberated? I just re-read 'Kissing in Manhattan' by David Schickler and 'Outcast' by Sadie Jones, about a young boy in the 1930s.


Mariah Carey's new album 'E=MC2' is the best she has done in 10 years. Indie pop band The Ting Tings are catchy. I like the rapper The Game and his new album, 'LAX'. It is gangster rap, but it is not mindless. He has something to say.

'Adulthood' is released on DVD on 13 October