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4321 (2010) Dir Noel Clarke. Vue Cinema Hull

Smart, sassy, sexy, stylish and streetwise. Just some of the adjectives I would use to describe Noel Clarke’s latest film, which hit the cinemas this month.

Clarke’s debut was the deeply disturbing and challenging Kidulthood, which documents the travails of day-to-day life for teenagers involved in street culture and all it’s complications. It’s sibling Adulthood was a chaotic mess so I was interested to see if Clarke could prove himself and that Kidulthood wasn’t a one off success. Is Noel Clarke a one trick pony?

We needn’t have worried. 4321 is a total tour de force, brimming with vibrancy, controlled energy and blends serious issues surrounding gender and coming of age with a cracking plot that is laced with laugh out loud humour.

Four girls in London, from a budding concert pianist to a youngster left bereft by her parent’s messy break up become unwittingly involved in a jewel heist and we are party to events via four separate yet cleverly entwined stories which culminate in an explosive denouement in, of all places a Mini Mart as car crashes and guns combine to produce a stunning coda.

The acting is first rate, the writing quick witted and the direction is stylish and imaginative without being overly intrusive to the story.

Noel Clarke has delivered a first rate film and lets hope it up the bar for the likes of Nick Love to aspire to in British film making over the next couple of years.

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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