Black Joy

Black Joy

Anthony Simmons (1977)

X Certificate


Our Score
Although Anthony Simmons's film tries to say something significant about the experience of being black in Brixton in the mid-1970s, he and co-writer Jamal Ali fail to achieve a consistent tone, as they veer between backstreet realism and front-line comedy. There are a few rough-hewn gems hidden in the dialogue, but the acting is as variable as the writing, with only Norman Beaton (as a wily waster) and Trevor Thomas (as the young Guyanan he dupes) convincing throughout. It's the soundtrack, however, with snippets from a wide range of Afro-Caribbean styles, that makes this worth a look.


A naive Guyanan immigrant arrives in Brixton hoping to make a fresh start, but has his few possessions stolen within minutes. A quick-witted conman sees him as an easy victim, but ends up taking a liking to the innocent arrival and decides to teach him how to survive in the big city. Comedy, starring Trevor Thomas, Norman Beaton and Floella Benjamin.

Cast & Crew

Dave King Norman Beaton
Benjamin Jones Trevor Thomas
Miriam Floella Benjamin
Saffra Dawn Hope
Jomo Oscar James
Devon Paul Medford
Raastaman Shango Baku
Director Anthony Simmons
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Hemdale Film Dists LtdGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD
Drama Comedy