We are the Lambeth Boys (1959)

STARRING:
John Rollason, Thomas Ahearne, Patrick Ahearne
DIRECTED BY:
Karel Reisz
GENRE:
Documentary
Karel Reisz’s honest and sympathetic depiction of South London teens aimed to challenge the media perception of ‘Teddy Boys’, and would be one of the last films to appear under the Free Cinema banner. One of the key elements of the Free Cinema films was the sympathetic representation of working-class people, something the filmmakers felt was lacking in contemporary British cinema. Here, members of Kennington’s Alford House youth club talk about their lives and interests. (BW)