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Flame in the Streets 1961 PG

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

A brilliantly performed social drama made in the wake of 1959’s Notting Hill riots. A trade union boss opposes the petty prejudices of his union when a black colleague stands for nomination. Director Roy Ward Baker and screenwriter Ted Willis paint a stark picture of early 1960s integration, with characters Gomez (Earl Cameron) and Sonny (Johnny Sekka) battling to overcome the colour bars in work and love against a background of hostility and intolerance. John Mills is superb as the idealist union leader forced to confront his own biased attitudes when his daughter (Sylvia Sims) brings her West Indian boyfriend home.

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Directed by

Roy Ward Baker

Featuring

Johnny Sekka

Earl Cameron

Sylvia Syms

John Mills

Genres

Drama

Tags

West Indian community in Great Britain Interracial relationships Racism

Collection

Black Britain on Film

Certificate

PG Contains scenes of racist language and behaviour

Released

1961

Country

United Kingdom

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