Black For A Cause

Wrongly accused. Wrongly convicted. Wronged. One man experiences a forty-year struggle to clear his name.

London, 1972. Four Black Power activists are travelling on the London Underground on their way back from a political meeting. At Oval Station they're set upon by plain clothes officers from the British Transport police.

Accused by the police of being a pickpocketing gang, they're roughed up and arrested. At Kennington station they have confessions beaten out of them. After a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey, they're convicted on charges of theft, robbery and assaulting police officers and jailed for two years. More than forty years later, one of the four, Winston Trew, is still fighting to have his conviction overturned.

  • Stephen Thompson
    Director
  • Stephen Thompson
    Producer
  • Alex Carter
    Editor
  • Talisa Oberoi
    First Assistant Director
  • Adam Robinson
    Assistant Director
  • Nicole Behrens
    Production Manager
  • Jon Wayre
    Sound Recordist
  • Birk Kromann
    Additional Photography
  • Rowan Jacobs
    Production Assistant
  • Steffen Nielsen
    Production Assistant
  • Winston Trew
    Subject
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Racism, Crime
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson is a writer and filmmaker, born in Hackney to Jamaican parents. His first novel, Toy Soldiers, a semi-autobiographical account of his adolescence, was published in 2000 and described by Hanif Kureishi as 'beautifully written, painfully honest and deeply affecting'.

Stephen has written several more novels and plays. His third novel, Meet Me Under The Westway, is a satirical take on London's theatre land drawn from his experiences as a member of The Royal Court Young People's Theatre.

He has lectured in Creative Writing at a variety of educational establishments, including Birkbeck College and the University of Edinburgh, and taught screenwriting at Central Film School in London. As well as fiction, Stephen has also written journalism for, among others: The Voice, Five Dials, Observer, Arena, Scotland on Sunday, The Idler and Sleazenation. He is also publisher of the Colverstone Review.

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