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Watch 1950s London Race Riot-Set Drama 'Sorry We Don't Help Darkies' (Short Shouts!)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 5, 2013 4:38 PM
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More holiday weekend viewing. This time it's a short film, courtesy of our friends at the Afro-Europe blog.

Titled Sorry We Don't Help Darkies, its synopsis reads:

A Caribbean family living in London's Notting Hill during the tension and violence that led to the 1958 race riots, comes to a brutal realisation that life in post war Britain is far from the 'Mother Country' that would welcome them with open arms as they had been told to get them aboard the 'Empire Windrush' boat to help England...

It's a predicament faced by many West Indian migrants while living in the so-called "Mother Country" during those years.

Travis Watson is the writer, director and editor of the film.

Watch the 10-minute short below:

Sorry We Don't Help Darkies from TBone Productions on Vimeo.

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5 Comments

  • Donella | July 6, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    I couldn't get the video to play, so I'll have to try later. But the description of the project reminds me of Small Island, a film with Naomie Harris, David Oyewelo, and Benedict Cumberbatch on a similar topic set during WWII in London, England and Jamaica.

  • Donella | July 8, 2013 11:55 PM

    The movie was excellent. Didn't know it was based on a book. I'll have to find it. Thanks for the tip!

  • Alex | July 8, 2013 4:12 PM

    That series was based on the book - have a read it's even better.

  • Mr Henry | July 6, 2013 6:50 AMReply

    Great short film, I would definitely support the release of the feature.

  • deecreative | July 6, 2013 12:08 AMReply

    Afro-Europe blog has been on it with the short films. The one about 1930's Germany was very good.

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