FILM: Pool of London (1951)
Film legend Earl Cameron broke through the colour bar landing a lead role
Dir: Basil Dearden
Released three years after Windrush arrived in Tilsbury Docks, film legend Earl Cameron broke through the colour bar landing a lead role in the gritty melodrama heist movie Pool of London. Playing a shy, sensitive outsider to his cocky shipmate, Earl Cameron’s character Danny gets unwittingly involved in a diamond heist gone wrong.
In the midst of noir undertones there’s also the first interracial relationship on screen, shots of a bustling London from nearly 70 years ago and introspective moments on race, loneliness, love, friendship and dignity.
BGAC Film Programmer Tara Brown will also be doing an extended introduction to the film and its themes as part of Bernie Grant Art Centre’s Windrush Festival 13 – 22 June 2019.