I wrote Jerk when I was going through a period of depression and anxiety, and I’d just decided that I wanted to be a full-time director. (I used to be a creative, but it wasn’t for me.)
The film is about a guy who’s in his 70s, he’s from the Windrush generation, he suffers from depression, and he works in a Jamaican food shop. It’s about toxic masculinity in the black community – specifically the Caribbean community – and it’s also about loneliness and older people.
I guess it was [inspired by] combination of my own experiences with mental health issues, and wanting to make something that represented the West Indian community. I also really wanted to make something that was just mine, that I could [make] without any other influences and see what happened when I did that.
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