Horace Ové, Pioneering Black British Filmmaker, Dies at 86

Horace Ové, director of “Pressure” (1976), the first full-length Black British film, died on Sept.


He was 86.Ové’s son Zak posted on Facebook: “Our loving father Horace, took his last breath at 4.30 this morning, while sleeping peacefully.

I hope his spirit is free now after many years of suffering with Alzheimer’s.

You are forever missed, and forever loved.

Rest in Peace Pops, and thank you for everything.”Born in Trinidad in 1936, Ové’s moved to London in 1960 to study interior design.

A stint in Rome, during which he worked as a film extra including on Joseph Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra” (1963), he was exposed to the work of Federico Fellini and Vittorio De Sica, who would become infuences.

He returned to Britain in 1965 and covered social and political events in the country while being a student at the London Film School.

During the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the…

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