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Reckord, Lloyd (1929)

Director, Actor

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A talented writer and performer in his native Jamaica, Lloyd Reckord came to London to further his career in the theatre. In 1958 he acted in Hot Summer Night at the New Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London. His acting career has included an appearance in the Danger Man television series (ITV, 1960-61, 1964-69), and more recently in The Lunatic (US, d. Lol Crème, 1990) and Third World Cop (Jamaica, d. Christopher Browne, 1991).

In 1963 he directed the experimental short Ten Bob in Winter, which revolves around the loan of a ten-shilling note between two immigrants. This film was followed in 1965 by the homoerotic short, Dream A40, about how repression can damage a couple's relationship.

Reckord later returned to Jamaica, where he continues to write and direct critically acclaimed plays, including The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Versus Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae (2002), which looks at the concerns of a young upwardly-mobile black woman executive in the film industry, who complains that some of the characters portrayed in the media are preventing her from achieving success and her potential in the business world. He also makes woodcarvings.

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Thumbnail image of Ten Bob in Winter (1963)Ten Bob in Winter (1963)

Pioneering black short film set in early 1960s London

Thumbnail image of Danger Man (1960-67)Danger Man (1960-67)

TV spy thriller series with Patrick McGoohan as agent John Drake

Thumbnail image of Hot Summer Night (1959)Hot Summer Night (1959)

Intense drama about the impact of a black-white relationship on a family

Thumbnail image of You in Your Small Corner (1962)You in Your Small Corner (1962)

Television play by Barry Reckord about a mixed-race, mixed-class couple

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The early history of Black filmmaking in the UK

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