Fascinating documentary examination of post-war migrant communities in Britain.
Physical formats available:
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Sound, Black & White
Through a series of interviews, we're given insight into the role race and immigration played in mid-1960s British society. And forced to confront the reality that new migrants were not only unwelcome, but also not seen as social equals. Impressively, the film gives voice to the immigrants themselves, to their experiences and their feelings about their impact on English society. Unsettlingly, much of what is said has continued relevance today.
Co-Director: Peter Davis
Co-Director: Staffan Lamm
Production: Sveriges Television (SVT)
MCU of woman speaking candidly about public prejudices towards immigrants.
Title sequence, street scenes, billboard advertising.
Street scene, market, CU shots of public.
CU of man talking about “housing problem”.
Street scene, man clearing rubbish. Man walks by and camera tracks to halal butcher sign.
Street scene, families, audio of woman talking.
CU of woman talking to camera about difficulties that immigrants face in society.
Street scenes, slogan on wall, bins, children running and playing.
MCU of woman talking about class and the British Empire.
Images of indigenous peoples and artifacts to audio of woman talking.
Street scene, CU shots of people. Office workers. Audio of woman talking.
MCU of woman talking about social identity.
Street scene, people. Shot of ‘Robertson’s Golly’ on billboard advertising and for the ‘Black and White Minstrel Show’.
MCU of woman talking about Indian immigrants, the “Partition of India” and growth of the “fascist element”. Street scenes and interior shots of halal butcher’s shop. Shot of swastika graffiti on exterior wall.
Shot of Oswald Mosley related graffiti. Street scenes.
CU of woman talking about local people and their objection to the “smell of cooking”.
Street scene. Pub and hotel.
EXT and INT shots of The Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent’s Park, London. Audio of Iraqi man talking and HA shot of people praying. INT shots of building and worshippers.
Audio of man talking. Shot of TV broadcast. MCU and CU of young women watching TV. 11:15 MCU of woman talking.
Hompride flour TV commercial.
MCU and CU shots of Hompride executive talking about using “coloured people in advertising” and “being motivated by the desire to break down colour prejudices”.
EXT and INT of museum building. Colonial imagery.
CU of woman talking about the consequences of British colonialism.
EXT shot of building site and men working. Street and market scenes.
INT shots of factory production line and people working.
CU shots of workers talking candidly. Opinions and racist experiences.
INT shots of restaurant, workers and patrons.
Street scene. EXT and INT shots of a school and schoolchildren. Audio of woman talking about school system.
CU of woman talking about segregation in schools.
INT shots of school and schoolchildren. Audio of woman talking.
CU of woman talking about anthropological and sociological issues. Shot of Livingstone statue and Kensington Gore, London.
CU of woman commenting.
CU shots of an assembly of schoolchildren watching a play.
End of shotlist
Collection of Peter Davis Stills, Films, and related items in the archive.
Collection of materials taken during Peter Davis’ and Staffan Lamm’s production of the film, Immigrants.