Richard Gale (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although "problem pictures" such as Basil Dearden's Sapphire (1959) had touched upon the subject of being black and British, it had only been broached by well-meaning white liberals before Horace Ové's pioneering feature, which was the first to be released in this country by a black director. Ové focuses on the limited opportunities offered to young black men in the face of institutional and individual hostility. But he also explores the resentment exhibited by Herbert Norville's own family when he tries to conform. It would be easy to dismiss the film as dated were it not for the fact that little has actually changed.


The son of Caribbean immigrants struggles to come to terms with the casual racism he encounters every day, vowing to become more acceptable to his white neighbours - but to no avail. Horace Ove's drama, starring Herbert Norville, Oscar James and Frank Singuineau.

Cast & Crew

TBC Kerr Smith
TBC Lochlyn Munro
TBC Angela Featherstone
Director Richard Gale

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Pinewood PicturesGuidance: Swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 21 Aug 2015