A masterpiece reconstructing from the archive a moment of trauma in the Black British lived experience.
The pioneering Bermuda-born actor, Earl Cameron – who died in July 2020, aged 102 – is commemorated in a new season of films and talks at the BFI. In 1950, Cameron was one of the first black actors to break through in the British film and TV industry with the film, Pool of London. At a time when thoughtful British journals carried headlines like ‘Would You Let Your Daughter Marry a Negro?’ the film was seen and celebrated for its sensitive depiction of a relationship between a black man and a white woman. The Earl Cameron season, reflecting on the actor’s life and career, is programmed by the actor, broadcaster and director, Burt Caesar. BFI Southbank’s Earl Cameron season runs until 31 August. http://bfi.org.uk/whatson