COMING OUT OF THE BLACK COUNTRY
Growing up in the highly industrialised, economically impoverished region of the Black Country in the 1920s and 1930s, Stanley Underhill found himself in a society shaped by cultural ignorance, (working) class-consciousness and ideals
of masculinity which seethed as insidiously as the ’satanic mills’ that dominated the landscape of his childhood. As a gay man, this experience led Stanley to a struggle with his own sexuality that was to consume most of his life.
I started this project in 2019 after meeting Stanley Underhill at a presentation of his book ‘COMING OUT OF THE BLACK COUNTRY‘. Within a few weeks of filming and communicating with each other we became close friends. Through Stanley I met the writer Dave Allison and the filmmaker Andy Carrol who had been involved in the publication and promotion of Stanley’s book. For a while we collaborated on a number of short pieces related to this project. However, due to logistical reasons, collaboration on this film became too difficult. Therefore, I continued on my own until March 2020 when the pendemic hit! Despite having worked continuously on this project in the last years, filming only recommenced in 2022. I am still looking for funding, but meanwhile here is an early trailer for this project. (Courtesy of am & c)