A lot has happened in London since 2006. The death of Mark Duggan and the subsequent London riots. The elections of David Cameron and Boris Johnson. The 2012 Olympics, the housing crisis, gentrification, the resurgence of grime, and the ascent of street food and craft beer.

But before all that happened, ten years ago this week, a small British movie called Kidulthood hit cinemas. The film followed 24 hours of swearing, fighting and fucking in the lives of a multi-ethnic group of West London kids, given the day off school following a classmate’s suicide. It helped introduce the world to the likes of Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone, Femi Oyeniran, Nicholas Hoult and Rafe Spall, and ended up being discussed by David Cameron himself. It’s a film that would pretty much single-handedly create and define the whole sub-genre and cottage industry of British ‘hood’ movies. It captured what kids are actually like in a way no British film has since. It’s the sort of time capsule that the British Film Industry should be preserving and celebrating the anniversary of, but instead its influence seems to be forgotten, at least by the establishment and the mainstream film press. But screw them.

Though he didn’t actually direct it, Noel Clarke remains the name still most associated with the Kidulthood series.  Clarke wrote the script, and played the main villain Sam, the scary-ass older kid tormenting the main cast; and in the 2008 sequel Adulthood, Sam would become the lead character and Clarke would take the director's chair as well. Outside of the Kidulthood films he’s best known for appearances in the early series of Doctor Who and the Star Trek sequel, and remains a prolific (and sometimes controversial) British actor, writer and director. But it's Kidulthood he'll always be synonymous with.

This autumn, he returns to Sam’s saga with the long-awaited final chapter Brotherhood. It was in the editing room for this third part where I caught up with Clarke. He was crazy busy in the edit, desperately trying to get a cut together for an early screening, but was still willing to open up whilst working on a scene where Sam walks down the familiar sight of West London’s Ladbroke Grove.