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The Referee

Wrestling as a metaphor for race relations in this short aimed at Britain's South-Asian community

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 4 mins


Greco-Roman, professional, or lubricated in oil - despite its diversity, wrestling is not the most obvious metaphor for race relations. But the important concept here is that of rules and fair play, with a referee in the shape of the Race Relations Board to police the Race Relations Act of 1976. The film is clearly intended for a British South Asian audience.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.