Black Jack (1979 film)

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Black Jack
Black Jack (1979) Film Poster.jpg
Directed byKen Loach
Produced byTony Garnett
Written byKen Loach
Based ona novel
by Leon Garfield
Music byBob Pegg
CinematographyChris Menges
Edited byBill Shapter
Kestrel Films
National Film Finance Consortium
Distributed byEnterprise (theatrical)
BFI Video
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Black Jack is a 1979 period children’s adventure film, directed by Ken Loach and based on the Leon Garfield novel. It is set in Yorkshire in 1750 and follows a young boy, Tolly (Stephen Hirst) and his adventures with a large French man (Jean Franval), the Black Jack of the title, and Belle a young English girl (Louise Cooper). It was awarded the Critics’ Award at the Cannes Film Festival (1979).[2][3]



It was the first film investment by Goldcrest Pictures, who provided £11,250 for initial development. Goldcrest recouped this when the film went into production. The bulk of financing came from th National Film Finance Corporation.[4]


Black Jack won the FIPRESCI Award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[5] The film was also nominated for the "Gold Hugo" at the 1979 Chicago International Film Festival.[6]


  1. ^ Eberts p 29
  2. ^ "Black Jack". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Ken Loach: Black Jack (UK/France 1979)". In The Picture. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ Eberts p 29
  5. ^ "FIPRESCI Prizes". Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Black Jack (1979) Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 9 June 2019.


  • Eberts, Jake; Illott, Terry (1990). My indecision is final. Faber and Faber.

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