Basil Dearden (1959)

PG Certificate
Mon 30 Oct 6:30pm - 8:20pm Talking Pictures


Our Score
A young woman's murder leaves many questions unanswered in this intriguing detective tale from socially conscious director Basil Dearden (Violent Playground, Victim). The relatively innovative racial element (the victim is a young black woman who has been passing as white) adds to the historic interest, and gives the search for the murderer a wider resonance. This vividly shot movie may seem dated in its treatment of racism and bigotry, but this was challenging material at the time - it was released the year after the Notting Hill riots. Indeed, the film went on to scoop the Bafta for Best British Film and it remains one of this country's more mature treatments of multiculturalism in Britain.


A police inquiry into a woman's murder uncovers racism in a small British town. Murder mystery, starring Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig.

Cast & Crew

Actor Nigel Patrick
Actor Michael Craig
Actor Yvonne Mitchell
Actor Paul Massie
Director Basil Dearden

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD