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A World Is Turning
A World Is Turning

A World Is Turning 1948


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A World Is Turning 1948

40 mins United Kingdom Director. G.L. Norman

Six tantalising reels of rushes are all that remain of this unfinished film showcasing talented members of Britain's black community. These scenes, often in multiple takes, include legendary jazz singer Adelaide Hall rehearsing and performing at London's Nightingale Club, a black poet speaking in verse as an African dance troupe performs, and a black surgeon operating on a white patient.

While these dramatised scenes may now appear rather awkward, this is a rare treasure - a forgotten attempt to highlight the contribution of black men and women to British society at a time when they were struggling for visibility on our screens. It's possible that A World is Turning was planned to coincide with the arrival of the first large group of West Indian immigrants on the Empire Windrush in June 1948, but filming appears to have been halted when the director fell ill.

Directed by

G.L. Norman


Adelaide Hall

Felix King Orchestra

Roy Fraser and his Calypsonians




Spirituals Nightingale Club Sermons Operating theatres Hospitals Asian community in Great Britain Painters (fine art) Poetry Afro-Caribbean community in Great Britain Surgery


Black Britain on Film Before Windrush




United Kingdom

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