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Small Island

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Shoot Dates 2009
Writer Andrea Levy (novel) Paula Milne & Sarah Williams (screenplay)
Director John Alexander
Producer Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish, Grainne Marmion
Director of Photography Tony Miller
Editor Roy Sharman
Main Cast Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson
Locations Portaferry, Belfast, The Paint Hall Studio
Contacts PRODUCTION COMPANY
Ruby Films
BROADCASTER
BBC One

Small Island

It is 1948 and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh’s neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn’t know when her husband will return or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It’s desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert’s wife, Hortense, too had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England, but when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit and far from the city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.

  • Winner 38th International Emmy® Awards Best TV Movie/Mini Series
  • Winner BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2010 Best Original Television Music (Martin Phipps)
  • Winner RTS Awards 2009 Actor (Female) Naomie Harris
  • Winner RTS Awards 2009 Actor (Male) David Oyelowo
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