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Germany: Idris Elba presents directorial debut Yardie at Berlinale04:05

Germany: Idris Elba presents directorial debut Yardie at Berlinale

Germany, Berlin
February 22, 2018 at 23:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Idris Elba, Director and actor (English): "Yes. I'd like to make more films, I really loved the process."

SOT, Journalist (English): "And what's the experience like, being a director rather than an actor?"

SOT, Idris Elba, Director and actor (English): "Actors get to sit in their trailers all day, which is great but directors don't."

Actor Idris Elba touched on Jamaican culture, trauma management and the importance of music while presenting his directorial debut Yardie at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin on Thursday

Filming in Jamaica was not so difficult, Elba said. “West Indians, Jamaicans especially, their makeup is West Africa via slave trade. So I felt at home there immediately even though I hadn't grown up in Jamaica,” he explained.

When asked about his first experience as a director on the red carpet, Elba joked that "actors sit in their trailers all day while directors don’t" before stressing the importance of the film’s soundtrack and its relation with Jamaican music.

Yardie is a 2018 British crime film directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Germany: Idris Elba presents directorial debut Yardie at Berlinale04:05
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SOT, Idris Elba, Director and actor (English): "Yes. I'd like to make more films, I really loved the process."

SOT, Journalist (English): "And what's the experience like, being a director rather than an actor?"

SOT, Idris Elba, Director and actor (English): "Actors get to sit in their trailers all day, which is great but directors don't."

Actor Idris Elba touched on Jamaican culture, trauma management and the importance of music while presenting his directorial debut Yardie at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin on Thursday

Filming in Jamaica was not so difficult, Elba said. “West Indians, Jamaicans especially, their makeup is West Africa via slave trade. So I felt at home there immediately even though I hadn't grown up in Jamaica,” he explained.

When asked about his first experience as a director on the red carpet, Elba joked that "actors sit in their trailers all day while directors don’t" before stressing the importance of the film’s soundtrack and its relation with Jamaican music.

Yardie is a 2018 British crime film directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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