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Shore Leave


(and accompanying book)

Currently nearing completion and to be released in 2020 to coincide with the celebrations of Earl Cameron’s 100th birthday. The veteran actor is still performing and pursuing his dreams and is a shining example to us all.

The book accompanies the dramatized documentary film entitled ‘Shore Leave’, which tells the life story of Earl Cameron CBE, D.Lit. Directed by Marcus Thompson, the film began shooting in London on 28th May 2009, the day Earl was presented his CBE by The Prince Of Wales at Buckingham Palace, for his ‘services to drama’. With excerpts from the screenplay and a wealth of still photographs from the film and seventy years in show business, the book celebrates the life and work of this veteran Bermudian Actor. Shot over a period of 7 years the film is witness to Earl’s triumphant return to the island of his birth, his faith, and the accolades bestowed upon the actor by a grateful nation, a proud island home, and film lovers around the world. This book is a fitting tribute to a gracious human being.

Born in Bermuda in 1917, Earl Cameron has been for more than seventy years a widely respected actor on stage and screen, his career spanning a range of British cinema from his 1950 film debut in the Ealing Studios production ‘Pool of London’, now recognized as a British neo-realist classic, to his most recent appearance in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’.

However Earl’s life is far more than a mere list of credits. One of the first black actors to be given serious roles in film, his whole life’s journey reads like an adventure story with life imitating art and vice versa in a richly resonant double act. This film and book follow Earl from his childhood in Bermuda all the way to Buckingham Palace where he was awarded the CBE for services to drama, and beyond.

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