Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Adam likes reality of Brit films

Adam Deacon's latest film is set in a tower block

Adam Deacon thinks a lot of British films have realistic and often gritty settings so that young people can relate to them.

The Anuvahood star's latest outing is Comedown, about a group of friends who set up a pirate radio station in a tower block, but who soon fall victim to the high rise's resident psychopath.

Adam said of the film's location: "Hopefully young people will relate to that in the sense of: 'Oh, that could happen to us.' Rather than setting it in space or something crazy like that, it's that 'realness' of it; setting it in surroundings that young people can relate to. Yes, you can set something in a council estate, but what new ideas can we bring to that?"

Asked about making the film, Adam revealed that it was shot very quickly and it gave him the chance to be reunited with some old friends.

"It was a tight turnaround, a really low-budget film. I've worked with (director) Menhaj Huda before, and I know he can turn a film around in a couple of weeks and make it look like it's got a bigger budget than it really has.

"I've worked with a lot of the cast before, so there was a lot of confidence there. Duane (Henry), Calum (MacNab), Jacob (Anderson)... I'm a massive fan of their work, so it was quite tight and we had a lot of fun."

Adam said he thinks the British movie industry is in a healthy state, with lots of talented newcomers.

"There's more and more writers thinking of new ideas," he said.

"It's great to see so many actors that I've grown up with take the initiative and do their own work. Like Plan B, Ben Drew, for example - I remember him talking years ago about making his own film. I ended up helping him with his short version of that, Ill Manors, and I'm just really proud of what's going on at the moment."

:: Comedown is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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