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The First Black Britons

Bicentenary of Abolition of the Slave Trade
Black Peoples of the Americas syllabus - DVD/VHS learning resource:
"The First Black Britons"

Would you please forward our email to Learning Resource Centres/ Departments
- as you feel appropriate (our apologies if you have already seen this

My colleague and I are Independent Media Producers. Because of my family
background we have a special interest in the Black History and culture of
the Americas - 16th century to the present.

With the approach of Black History Month, we are hoping you will find our
documentary - "The First Black Britons" - attractive and timely; an
entertaining and informative hidden history of the Black Americas.

A trailer is available to view at the University of Washington's 'Black
Past' website :

'The First Black Britons' has been added to the (UK) catalogue.
It is on sale at Borders, WH Smith, HMV...

Originally broadcast on BBC Television, "The First Black Britons" is a
wealth of information and historical discovery, delivered (to-camera) in a
warm and 'to-the-point' style. DVD sales are proving its broad appeal to
adult and school-age audiences in the UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand,
Australia and across the Caribbean. Our film reveals the incredible hidden
history of thousands of African men (11,000 by the year 1800), lifted from
slavery to lead a journey to citizenship in the New World - as equals of
White comrades in arms. They fought in the Napoleonic Wars as the West India
Regiment (1795-1927).

One of Britain's leading TV comedy actors, Gary Beadle presents our story as
a journey of discovery in Barbados, Jamaica, Liverpool, London and Windsor.
Illustrated by a wealth of photographs and pictures, his dramatic and
compelling story is 'brought to life' by actors in scenes based on the
actual quotes of Prime Minister William Pitt (the younger), his friend,
William Wilberforce, Queen Victoria, and, the very soldiers who shaped
attitudes to race and identity at each turn of the infamous triangular slave
trade - Britain, West Africa and the Americas.

The viewer discovers tourist attractions, social and political history,
culture and heritage. 59-minutes are divided into 3 x 18-minute stories,
structured as follows:

Story 1. 'Slaves in Redcoats':
How the government of abolitionist Prime Minister, William Pitt (the
younger) secretly purchased a slave-army to defeat French and Napoleonic
forces in the Americas.

Story 2. 'The Queen's Gentlemen':
How Britain's first African army won the personal favour of Queen Victoria,
and carved a unique status as a new class of citizen - 'Black British'.

Story 3. 'The Prodigals' Return':
How West India Regiment soldiers - 'the sons of slaves' - exacted bloody
revenge on the 'Chiefdoms' that sold them into captivity, returning to the
infamous slave forts of West Africa to win 2 Victoria Cross medals, in a
'Action Adventure' of imperial conquest.

For further details of the programme do please have a look at our website:

We are keen to build on our progress in reaching schools and adult audiences
in the USA, Canada, and across the Caribbean. If there is anything further
you require, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Yours sincerely

Tony T
Rebecca Goldstone

Sweet Patootee Ltd
T/F: (+44) 207 686 5101

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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