Luther star Idris Elba makes debut as director in new short film

Published Wednesday, May 28 2014, 12:22 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Hollywood star Idris Elba may have welcomed his newborn son just six weeks ago, but he's already made his directorial debut in a new short film!

Idris, 41, has directed an inspirational six-minute short titled, Unstoppable, which revisits London in the 1970s - an era often known as the golden age for international football.

Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Premiere at Zoopalast Cinema Arrivals
Berlin, Germany

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Idris Elba has made his directorial debut.

Unstoppable follows a stereotypical school nerd as he negotiates the gauntlet of the school playing field. The film, which Idris also wrote, accompanies a single by R3hab featuring Eva Simons, of the same name.

The film marks the first from Idris' new production company, Green Door Productions, and features on Pepsi MAX's Beat's of the Beautiful Game visual album ahead of the 2014 World Cup tournament.

Beat's of the Beautiful Game combines 11 songs and short films that captures the sights and sounds of football. Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe are among the artists featured on the album.

Idris Elba makes directorial debut for new short film, Unstoppable. (28 May).

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Idris Elba is now behind the camera as a director.

Music DJ Idris said: "Football is uniting – it's about the fans and it's about the players. Everybody loves sports, everybody loves competition, but when your country is playing against another country it's that one time that everyone sits in the stands and is unified. It definitely brings people together."

Idris, who has made a name for himself in HBO series The Wire, BBC One drama Luther, and more recently in feature-length film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is already dad to 11-year-old daughter Isan from a previous marriage.

Last month (17 April), proud dad Idris welcomed son Winston with make-up artist girlfriend with Naiyana Garth and shared a cute photo of his little tot clutching his finger.

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Watch Idris' six-minute short below: