BAFTA winner Noel Clarke busy in Berlin
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BERLIN -- Actor-writer-director Noel Clarke is omnipresent at the moment here, with projects starring him flying off the shelves. And Sunday evening saw Clarke cement his popularity with British audiences by winning the Orange Rising Star award, the only BAFTA-presented film nod to be voted on by the public.
He beat Michael Cera, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall and Toby Kebbell in what essentially is a popularity contest, as the voters choose talent recognized as "a star in the making."
He certainly doesn't need to prove himself with buyers during this year's European Film Market, with his face already helping to sell the idea.
Lionsgate snapped up U.K. rights to Philip Ridley's "Heartless" from sales and finance banner Omega Entertainment, which counts Clarke in its cast.
Penned by Ridley, the movie also stars youngster Jim Sturgess alongside Clemence Poesy and Timothy Spall.
Currently in postproduction, it is billed as a gripping contemporary Faust tale mixing up what is happening in a troubled young man's mind and the horrifying mindless violence taking place on the city streets around him.
Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa name checked Clarke as someone to be in business with.
Clarke's name also is helping U.K. sales and finance company Independent sell out remaining rights to the actor's directorial debut, "Adulthood," which he also wrote.
Independent has sold the picture to Capelight in Germany, Hopscotch in Australia, Shooting Stars in the Middle East and European Film Partners in Benelux. More to come, the company says.
A follow-up to "Kidulthood," which Clarke wrote and starred in, "Adulthood" details the ongoing story of a local London gang member's efforts to start afresh after spending a spell in jail.
Earlier in the market, Carnaby International sealed a deal with Sony for the U.K. rights to Jake West's comedy horror "Doghouse," starring Clarke and fellow Britpackers Danny Dyer and Stephen Graham. The movie, now in postproduction, revolves around a group of men who head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce. There, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
And Pathe International is preselling Neil Marshall's "Centurion" to a slew of territories, adding Clarke to the cast on the eve of the market.