Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 86: Tue Aug 10

Sapphire (Dearden, 1959): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.20pm

This groundbreaking police procedural story exploring the cause of the murder of a young woman in 1950s London is part of the Earl Cameron season at BFI Southbank. A panel discussion follows this screening, when historians and writers will attempt to unpick both the context of the story, issues such as ‘passing’ and the film’s problematic portrayal of race. There's another screening on August 28th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Basil Dearden's neglected 1959 British thriller is about an attractive young music student who's found dead and who, it's discovered by police inspectors Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig, had been passing for white. A detective story that reveals something of London's black community in the late 50s.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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