Momma Don’t Allow – 1956

Shot across several Saturday night sessions at a jazz club in Wood Green, North London, ‘Momma Don’t Allow’ offers up a unique snapshot of the London jazz scene as it spread across the capital.

Directed by Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson and financed by the BFI Experimental Film Fund this short film, just 22 minutes long and with no dialogue, manages to perfectly capture and convey the excitement of this new scene. A packed club of working class kids ripping it up at the very dawn of youth culture.

‘Momma Don’t Allow’ features on the excellent BFI 3 disc set celebrating the ‘Free Cinema’ movement of the late 50’s. More info here.


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