• Directed by Anthony Simmons
  • Starring Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas, Dawn Hope
  • Black Cultural Archives Film Festival 2019
  • 1977 | 99mins | UK | rated (15)

Based on Jamal Ali’s acclaimed stage play Dark Days and Light Nights, Black Joy tells the story of a naïve Guyanese immigrant who learns the hard way about life on the streets of Brixton.

Presenting vivid characters, terrific action, and a superb soundtrack of soul, funk, dub and reggae, Anthony Simmons’ gritty film is an honest and insightful comic drama, exposing the lives of unemployed black Britons and immigrants in a ghettoised London.

After the film Burt Caesar & David Somerset will be in conversation!


Black Joy will also screen with SLOG (Secret Life Of G's) : A concept created to imagine a world where people of colour experience life and work without the dogmas and day to day trials of the current Black experience. A place, organisation, space and feeling where marginalised people can exist truly and fully as themselves.

Runtime: 4 mins 12 secs / Written & Directed by Caleb Femi

DOP & Editor: Adenike Oke Producer: Tobi Kyeremateng  Actors: Ryan Miguel Sterling, Patrick Elue, Zakee Wilson Associate Producer: Aiden Harmitt Williams & Ned Jones 1st AC: Joel Gutteridge 2nd AC: Tom Owen Production Assistant: Sean Karder Music prod: DA Grade: Caroline Morin CHEAT Voiceover: Elliot Barnes-Worrell Special thanks to Deswall Court Hereford


about The BCA Film Fest  2019

The Black Cultural Archive Film Festival (BCAFest2019) will run over 4 days in October during Black History Month. BCAFest2019 will screen a mix of feature films and shorts Black British films which mark Black British culture from early cinema to present day. The BCA established in 1981 and situated in its iconic building in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014, is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.

BCAFest2019 launches with a filmmaking masterclass at BCA, on 6 October with Director Frances Anne-Solomon, the award winning director of HERO in conversation with film producer and educator Juliet Alexander. A chance for budding filmmakers to learn get an understanding of the film making process.

Further screenings will take place on the 13th and 14th of October at the Genesis Cinema in east London and the Prince Charles Cinema in central London on the 14th of October.

The festival is intended to inspire debate and conversation.

Supported by African Odysseys at the BFI Southbank