EARL CAMERON 4-DVD BOX SET
THE HEART WITHIN • SIMBA • SAPPHIRE
• FLAME IN THE STREETS
Box set of 4 discs. Drama. Colour. Running time: approx. 5.5 hours.
Starring: Earl Cameron; James Hayter; Clifford Evans; David Hemmings; Dirk Bogarde;
Michael Craig; Sylvia Syms; Donald Sinden; Virginia McKenna; Nigel Patrick and Yvonne Mitchell.
The Heart Within
(1957) Director: David Eady. Cast: Earl Cameron; James Hayter; Clifford Evans; David Hemmings; Dan Jackson; Jack Stewart; Betty Cooper; Gloria Ann Simpson; Frank Singuineau; Pauline Henriques and Janice Hughes.
This gritty drama highlights the challenges faced by the ‘Windrush’ generation of West Indians who made their home in England in the 1950s. Victor, a recent arrival to the UK, has found work as a crane operator at the London docks, but ruthless criminals frame him for a crime he didn’t commit. On the run, he must evade both the police and the gang who framed him, while relying on the help of friends to clear his name.
(1955) Director: Brian Desmond Hurst. Cast: Earl Cameron; Virginia McKenna; Dirk Bogarde; Donald Sinden; Basil Sydney; Joseph Tomelty; Marie Ney; Orlando Martins; Ben Johnson; Frank Singuineau; Glyn Lawson; Huntley Campbell; Errol John; Harry Quashie; John Chandos and Desmond Roberts.
A BAFTA nominated portrayal of colonial Kenya, this story of love, courage and prejudice is set against a spectacular backdrop of African scenery. Alan Howard arrives in Kenya to find his brother has been murdered by Simba, alleged leader of the local freedom fighters. Alan takes over his brother’s farm and romance kindles with an old friend, but it is marred by his thirst for vengeance.
(1959) Director: Basil Dearden. Cast: Earl Cameron; Yvonne Mitchell; Nigel Patrick; Michael Craig; Paul Massie; Bernard Miles; Olga Lindo and Rupert Davies.
Nominated for Best Screenplay and Best British Actress and winner of the 1959 Best Film and British Film, Sapphire examines racial tensions in the late 1950s. A young woman is found stabbed on Hampstead Heath and a manhunt ensues through London, leading to a chilling climax.
Flame in the Streets
(1959) Director: Roy Ward Baker. Cast: Earl Cameron; John Mills; Sylvia Syms; Brenda De Banzie; Johnny Sekka; Ann Lynn and Wilfrid Brambell.
Made in the wake of the 1958 Notting Hill riots, this powerful drama exposes racial prejudices. A liberal minded trade unionist fights discrimination in the factory where he works. However, he faces his own prejudices when his daughter falls in love with a Jamaican teacher. Meanwhile, London’s streets simmer with racial tension, culminating in an explosive Guy Fawkes night.