Black Joy

1977 British comedy film.

Black Joy

Black Joy

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.

Starring Norman Beaton (Desmond's), Trevor Thomas (Inseminoid), Floella Benjamin (Play School) and a young Oscar James (EastEnders), Black Joy comes to Blu-ray for the very first time.

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

  • Distributor: Powerhouse Films
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 97
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: PHILTD146

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