HACKNEY-BORN dynamo Adam Deacon is adding another achievement to a list that includes a top British award for Anuvahood, his feature-film spoof of gritty dramas about London roof culcha. He has put to the BBC an idea for documentary and it has been accepted.
Deacon will present a documentary entitled Do We Trust The Police? He told Loving Dalston today that he had become “tired of pretty faces presenting programmes on urban problems”.
The 28-year-old, who made his name in the hit movies Kidulthood and Adulthood, has also become tired of being stopped by the police, so tired that he carries with him a DVD of his work because stop-happy rozzas kept saying: “Oh you’re an actor, are you? Funny how I haven’t seen you in anything.”
Deacon was chatting to Loving Dalston at the launch of BBC’s Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy, the programme of social action and outreach that will offer up to 10,000 young people in Hackney and beyond the chance to gain skills and experience and to be inspired by leading people in their fields. The programme is running in conjunction with the Hackney Weekend festival on the Marshes on Saturday 23 June 2012 and Sunday 24 June.
Among other stars at the launch, which was MCd by Radio 1 and 1Xtra controller Ben Cooper, were Ben Drew and Leona Lewis, who spoke passionately of the effort they are putting into the social project.
Sadly for Loving Dalston, his theory that the Ben Drew tag “Plan B” was from a Dexys and his Midnight Runners soul song turns out to be wrong: it developed from the rapper’s being known at school as “B”.
Referring to his attack in his new song, Ill Manors, on middle-class condescension, Drew said: “White people come across the word chav in a newspaper or somewhere and think it’s their word and they think it’s smart to say Oh, look, there’s a chav, but they don’t realise that it’s a Romany Gypsy word meaning boy. My uncle used to call me chav and I really liked it.”
* The academy will be based at the Hackney Picturehous and will run from 1 June-22 June 2012 as the lead-up to the Hackney Weekend. Videos and information will also posted online at bbc.co.uk/radio1. Young people from Hackney and beyond can take part in the academy through their local schools, colleges and youth groups and register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.