Black in the British Frame: Black People in British Film and Television, 1896-1996

Black in the British Frame: Black People in British Film and Television, 1896-1996

by Stephen Bourne


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Black in the British Frame takes a personal look at the history of black people in popular British film and television. The author documents, from original research and interviews, experiences and representations which have been overlooked in previous media books about people of African descent.

Stephen Bourne has been programming black film and television events for the National Film Theatre since 1983. He has also worked with the research team of Black and White in Colour, a history of black people in British television for the BBC and the British Film Institute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780304333752
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii(5)
Acknowledgements xii
1. Silents
2. Lonely Road: The British Films of Paul Robeson
3. A Guinea a Day: Film Extras and Bit Players
4. Harlem Comes to London
5. Robert Adams: In Two Worlds
6. Edric Connor: A Man for All Seasons
7. Winifred Atwell: Honky Tonk Woman
8. 'A Sort of Magic': Black Women in Early British Television
9. Gordon Heath and Lionel Ngakane: Extraordinary Expatriates
10. Earl Cameron: A Class Act
11. Carmen Munroe: Standing in the Light
12. 'Where There Was Once Silence': Black Lesbians and Gays in British Film and Television
13. Soaps: Doing the White Thing
14. 'London Is the Place for Me': A Man from the Sun and Errol John
15. Landmarks in Film and Television Drama 1951-96
Appendix I: 'The Eighth Wonder of the World': The Paul Robeson Letters 244(12)
Appendix II: Black British History on Television 256(4)
Appendix III: Black Writers in British Television Drama 1958-88: A Chronological List 260(3)
Appendix IV: Black Actors and British Film/Television Awards 263(3)
Further Reading 266(3)
Index of Names 269(4)
Index of Films 273(2)
Index of Television Programmes 275

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