This year's programme opens with a DOUBLE BILLING by two of the UK's renown early black filmmakers ...




Sunday 10 July





Ten Bob in Winter

dir. Lloyd Reckford, 1963

(U) – 12 min


This enigmatic short film, shot in black and

white, is fresh and experimental but still light

hearted and accessible. In place of dialogue, the

director narrates in a Jazz Rap style reminiscent

of Langston Hughes, while a sparky Jazz

soundtrack is provided by the Joe Harriott

Quintet. The film traces class tensions within a

black community.


Jemima & Johnny

dir. Lionel Ngakane, 1966

(U) – 28 min


In a West London community divided by racism,

a young white English boy befriends the young

daughter of recent immigrants from the

Caribbean. Followed by an audience with Jim

Pines, writer and lecturer at the University

of Luton, Earl Cameron OBE and guests.

Courtesy of the British Film Institute




A Presentation by His Excellency High

Commissioner Dr Carl Roberts


Discover the history and landscape of these

islands. Antiguans and Barbadians are

descendants of the Sibony, and West Africans

taken to the islands as part of the slave trade.

The 17th century sugar industry has left its mark

on the landscape today. Antigua is the home of

cricketers Curtley Ambrose, Richie Richardson

and Sir Vivian Richards, Sailing Week and yacht

regattas, St Johns Cathedral and Shirley

Heights. It boasts well preserved coral reefs,

ruins and shipwrecks, beautiful beaches and

bird life.


A Carnival History

dir. Clarence Thompson, 2008,

(U) – 30 min


This rare film tells the history of the Carnival

tradition which has spread from Africa to the

Caribbean and Europe. Followed by an audience

with Clarence Thompson MBE and founder of

the 'Ebony Steel Band', Pepe

Francis, MBE.


Claudia Jones - A Woman of Our Times

Courtesy of Black History Walks,

(U) – 60 min


Journalist Claudia Jones arrived in Britain

aboard the Royal Navy ship Queen Elizabeth in

1955. She produced Britain’s first black

newspaper in 1958 and was instrumental in

setting up the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959.

Followed by an audience with Tony Warner,

founder of Black History Walks, and guest:

Professor Gus John.