Remembering Earl Cameron: Pool of London

Directed by Basil Dearden

Earl Cameron died on 3rd July 2020 aged 102. A key actor in the history of UK film and television, he was one of the first Caribbean-born performers to make an impression on UK screens.

Marketed as ‘a drama of the river underworld’, Pool of London (Basil Dearden, 1950) focuses on the stories of the crew of the Dunbar when it docks in the Pool of London. The most memorable involves Cameron as Johnny, who, upon meeting Pat (played by Susan Shaw), embarks on a tour of the city.

The BFI’s Screen Online labelled it the ‘first interracial relationship in a British film’.

85 minutes

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Great Britain

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