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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