"JUST BEFORE DAWN"
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"Just Before Dawn" is a 18 minute 16 mm B/W feature film directed by Steve Downey in 1969, while a 24 year old student at the London Film School. The film stars the black actor Stefan Kalipha (villain in the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only").
The film is fictional, with a documentary feel, including improvised dialogue. Very much of its time [1960s], "Just Before Dawn" deals with issues of race, particularly the efforts of a newly immigrant Caribbean man attempting to integrate into a prominently white society, but facing racism and bigotry. He works in a hotel kitchen but aspires to be an actor. He has a white girlfriend, who doesn't really understand him. The film covers one day in their lives.
The film also reflects the burgeoning of hope through the beginnings of the hippy movement and the hope of the oncoming "Age or Aquarius". The film was shown at the London International Film Festival in 1970.