Comprising KiDULTHOOD, AdULTHOOD and BrOTHERHOOD, ThE HOOD TRILOGY completely revolutionised urban filmmaking and succeeded as an iconic British trilogy. Not only did it give audiences a glimpse into the lives of people living in urban areas, it also shone a light on the daily struggles of the youths of the generation. Created by Noel Clarke, the films gave young acting talent the chance to flex their skills in gritty, complex roles …and Hollywood took notice.
Ahead of the release of BrOTHERHOOD on Blu-ray and DVD on December 26, we take a look at some of the actors who have appeared in ThE HOOD TRILOGY and have seen their careers propelled to new heights.
After Brixton born Oceng secured the role of Henry in AdULTHOOD, he went on to star in an array of British films such as 126.96.36.199, Victim and My Brother The Devil. In 2014, Oceng hopped across the pond to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in critically-acclaimed drama The Good Lie. This year, he returns to his roots as an older, wiser and certainly more entertaining Henry in BrOTHERHOOD, before starring in much-hyped awards-bait A United Kingdom.
Son of British acting royalty Timothy Spall, Rafe Spall certainly hasn’t been out shadowed by his father. After kicking off his career with KiDULTHOOD and Shaun of the Dead, it didn’t take long for Spall to find success; appearing in Brit flicks like Hot Fuzz to blockbusters such as Prometheus, Life of Pi, and this year’s BFG. Running parallel is Spall’s impressive portfolio of TV work, including Black Mirror, Agatha Christie’s Marple and Pete Versus Life.
Jaime Winstone has been a common sight in British film and TV over the last decade after following her father, South London’s Ray Winstone, into the spotlight. Playing the challenging role of Becky in KiDULTHOOD set her up to star in a wide and diverse range of films including Donkey Punch, Made In Dagenham, Love Rosie and Wild Bill. The actress has also some stellar TV credits such as the E4 Big Brother house horror series Dead Set, Sky One’s Mad Dogs and most recently BBC One’s Foyle’s War.
KiDULTHOOD fell in between Nicholas Hoult’s transition between being the cute kid from About A Boy and becoming a strong male lead in his own right. After appearing in KiDULTHOOD, Hoult shot to stardom playing Tony, the popular cool kid in E4’s Skins. Since then, the sky has been the limit with the recognisable actor securing and shining in blockbusters from X-Men to Mad Max Fury Road.
Another Skins alumni, Jacob Anderson landed his first big role as Omen, Sam’s younger brother in AdULTHOOD. He starred in a range of British indie films such as Chatroom, 188.8.131.52, and Demons Never Die before turning to TV. Following a number of smaller roles in the likes of Casualty, Episodes and Spooks, Anderson found success playing Dean Thomas in popular crime drama Broadchurch and Greyworm in epic HBO fantasy Game of Thrones.