Momma Don't Allow

Momma Don’t Allow was one of the first trio of films to appear under the banner of the Free Cinema documentary movement, which launched with a programme at London’s National Film Theatre in February 1956. The films shared a low-budget aesthetic thanks to cheap, handheld 16mm cameras and non-synchronised sound – without narration – and a focus on ordinary, often working-class subjects. The ‘movement’ that followed lasted until the sixth Free Cinema programme in 1959.

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