Noel Clarke talks about his untitled MMA film

Symon Cordova

July 7th, 2011

Noel Clarke BAFTA

For those of you who watch Doctor Who, you know exactly who Noel Clarke is. Watching his character Mickey Smith morph from the start of season one as a shy, nervous guy just trying to hold on to his girlfriend to becoming one tough dude in season four (and someone who basically saves the world on many occasions in the series) has been a real pleasure. He is well-known in Britain for other projects he's been in, such as writing and acting credits in KIDULTHOOD and writing, acting, and directing credits for ADULTHOOD, and he's appeared in other movies such as HEARTLESS and in CENTURION.

But Clarke is most recognized for his directorial efforts, and one of his upcoming projects that's been getting the most coverage as of late is an untitled MMA film.

Clarke specifically had this to say: "I looked at films like THE WRESTLER and THE FIGHTER and thought to myself, why hasn't there been a British film like that I'm trying to expand what British films do." I am a huge British television and film fan, and to see someone like Clarke wanting to push the expected limits of British films (period dramas and such) and get away from the often misunderstood "British film" stereotype is very refreshing.

Clarke also said, "I've been a massive fan of the sport MMA for a long time and this felt like the right time to make this film as I've got more confident as a filmmaker, and is more popular than football when you look at the attendance figures is the fastest growing sport in the world."

Clarke himself is extremely excited about this project and although the plot doesn't sound very inspiring, it has potential. The plot follows "a down on his luck MMA fighter who gets drawn further into the sport than he would've liked." Yes, it sounds pretty generic, but it feels like the excitement that Clarke has for this project tells us it will be something to look forward to.

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