Tufnell Park Based Film Screening, Sapphire
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Sapphire, a 1959 British crime drama, was filmed on the streets of Tufnell Park. The BAFTA winning film highlights racism in London towards immigrants from the West Indies and although dated in style, was ahead of it’s time in topic and deemed a progressive movie for 1959.
The premise of the film begins with the police believing a girl found murdered on Hampstead Heath to be white, until her brother arrives to give evidence who is black. They discover Sapphire and her brother were children of a ‘white father, a doctor; and a singer, black’ unearthing an underbelly of racism in the process.
“A truly fascinating look into attitudes and the mindset of a particular time, not that long ago.” Indiewire.
Sapphire will be screened tonight at Tufnell Park Film Club from 8pm at The Star.
Tufnell Park Film Club runs on Tuesdays and is free for first timers, then just £15 for a whole year’s membership. Founding members Wayne and Nigel encourage you to spend as much money as you can on food and drink at The Star bearing in mind that members get 20% off food on a film club night and 10% on other days. Members can also reserve their seats for this week’s screening by firing off a cheeky email.
Read about the time we met Wayne and Nigel here.
Sapphire (Basil Dearden, UK, 1959)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:00pm – 10:00pm
The Star, 47 Chester Rd, Highgate, N19 5DF
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