Earl Cameron

Flame in the Streets

A drama and a documentary exploring racial prejudice in 1950s London.

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UK 1961
Dir Roy Ward Baker
With John Mills, Johnny Sekka, Sylvia Syms, Earl Cameron
Certificate PG

Ted Willis’ script draws directly on the unease caused by the sustained racist attacks and casual prejudices of the 1950s. It features an assured performance from Earl Cameron as a restrained employee up for promotion, confronting discrimination inside and outside the workplace. John Mills is the union zealot who fights for equal rights in the workplace but opposes his daughter’s love for a Jamaican teacher.

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