David Somerset


Voted for

Walkabout1970Nicolas Roeg
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
La strada1954Federico Fellini
Winstanley1975Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo
My Brother's Wedding1983Charles Burnett
Babylon1980Franco Rosso
Sankofa1993Hailé Gerima
Orfeu negro1959Marcel Camus
My Childhood1972Bill Douglas



1970 Australia

British cinema considers civilisation, its destruction of other cultures and its own ultimate demise, through a simple love story


1975 United Kingdom

Obsessive compulsive cinematic brilliance

My Brother's Wedding

1983 USA, Federal Republic of Germany

Charles Burnett is the poet of African US cinema


1980 United Kingdom

Should never have been funded – exec producer Mamoun Hassan put his career on the line to make a film which captured Black youth at a time when society at large was trying to crush them. Chris Menges' photography, a nuanced script and a slice of unseen life all contribute to its continuing standing.

Orfeu negro

1959 France, Brazil, Italy

Cinematic and poetic expression of defiance and oppression by New World Africans.

My Childhood

1972 United Kingdom

Cinematic poetry that rarely gets a chance to breathe… on this rare occasion, with minimal funding, it became a Venice winner.