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Sir Horace Ové CBE

3 December 1939 to 16 September 2023

A Trinidad-born director, who became a hugely influential figure in Black British cinema. Horace Ové studied painting and photography in the UK before landing a place at the London School of Film Technique (now the London Film School). He made two notable documentaries, Reggae (1971) and King Carnival (1973), before directing and co-writing the groundbreaking Pressure (1975), the UK's first full-length Black dramatic feature. He also made two important films for the BBC’s Play for Today strand, A Hole in Babylon (1979) and Shai Mãlã Khani: The Garland (1981). Other notable works included Empire Road (1978-1979), Skateboard Kings (1978), The Latchkey Children (1980), Street Art (1984), Playing Away (1986), The Orchid House (1991), Dream to Change the World (2003) and The Ghost of High King Estate (2009). His photography has also been widely exhibited across the UK. He was appointed CBE in 2007 and knighted in 2022.

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