Black Film Bulletin Presents: The Gaze

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Concrete Garden

New beginnings, a homeland departed and a Caribbean family reunited take centre stage in director Alrick Riley’s poignant graduate film; inspired by the innocence of childhood and his own young sister’s daunting arrival in Windrush-era 1950s London.


‘It is a frustrating fact for some that British educational establishments can be culturally restrictive for Black students. What would Alrick Riley say to aspiring filmmakers who are wary of entering film schools for that reason?: “If they worry about that, they will have a tough time making films in the real world, as it requires constant negotiations with institutions. This is one quick way to learn - in an institution where you have to make films. Going to film school is scary, but ultimately you have to learn to make your own decisions, including when and if you want to compromise.’ - Gaylene Gould, ‘Into The Reel World’ with Alrick Riley, Black Film Bulletin, 1993

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Image credit: National Film and Television School

  • Year
  • Runtime
    23 minutes
  • Director
    Alrick Riley