Black Britain on Film
Striking, illuminating and sometimes surprising images of black culture, community and characters, spanning over a century of British film and TV.
From some of the earliest appearances at the dawn of the 20th century to groundbreaking postwar documentaries and contemporary features, this collection charts changing attitudes and hidden histories. Here are the trailblazers, the icons, the stereotypes, the controversies. These richly varied films uncover sometimes surprising histories of black culture and community. They tackle troubling issues of race, representation and identity. And they highlight some of the best of black British filmmaking, from the work of pioneers Horace Ové and Menelik Shabazz to later innovators John Akomfrah and Ngozi Onwurah to contemporary successes Noel Clarke and Debbie Tucker Green. The collection also showcases many of the most distinctive and iconic black performers in British film and TV, including Norman Beaton, Earl Cameron, Idris Elba, Lenny Henry, Carmen Munroe, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Robeson, Rudolph Walker and Elisabeth Welch.
Non-Fiction19642 mins Location: Gloucestershire
In Gloucester in January 1964, Astley Lloyd Blair makes history by becoming the first black special constable in Britain.
Music video19623 mins
Dancers Boscoe Holder and Fay Craig shake out some sultry shapes in this vibrant vintage slice of bongo-driven kitsch.
Precious glimpses and surprising rediscoveries: snapshots of black Britain in the decades before the great postwar migrations.
Portraits of public and private lives against the shifting social climate of 20th century Britain.
A selection of shorts and features by black writers and directors, from milestones of the 60s and 70s to contemporary hits.