Based on Jamal Ali's acclaimed stage play Dark Days and Light Nights, Black Joy tells the story of a naive Guyanese immigrant who learns the hard way about life on the streets of Brixton.
Presenting vivid characters, terrific action and a superb soundtrack of soul, funk, dub and reggae, Anthony Simmons's gritty film is an honest and insightful comic drama, exposing the lives of unemployed black Britons and immigrants in a ghettoised London.
This world premiere Blu-ray release is a brand new high definition remaster, newly re-graded and approved by cinematographer Phil Méheux.
First released: Monday 24th June 2019
- The BEHP Interview with Anthony Simmons (1997): An archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the prolific director in conversation with filmmaker Rodney Giesler
- Interview with actor Trevor Thomas (2019)
- Interview with actor Floella Benjamin (2019)
- Interview with actor Oscar James (2019)
- Interview with playwright and screenwriter Jamal Ali (2019)
- Interview with producer Martin Campbell (2019)
- Interview with cinematographer Phil Méheux (2019)
- Featurette exploring the film's London locations (2019)
- Bow Bells (1954): Anthony Simmons's nostalgic short film about London's East End
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
- Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Josie Dolan, recollections by director Anthony Simmons and star Norman Beaton, Michael Brooke on Bow Bells, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits
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