Competition time: Win The Proud Valley on Blu-Ray or DVD

Posted on: 31 Mar 2017

A brand new restoration of Ealing Studios classic THE PROUD VALLEY comes to Blu-Ray, DVD and EST on 27 March as part of the Vintage Classics collection courtesy of STUDIOCANAL. We're thrilled that footage of our BFI BLACK STAR event back in Novemeber, with Film Hub Wales and featuring Treorchy Male Choir, appears in the extras on this new release.

For a chance to win one of three copies of The Proud Valley on Blu-Ray or DVD, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL, simply answer the following question:

Q: Where was Paul Robeson born?

Email your answer to with the subject line "Proud Valley competition".

Entries must be submitted by 3pm on Tue 4 April.

Read on to find out more about the new release...

A Brand New Restoration Of Ealing Studios’ The Proud Valley (1940) Directed By Pen Tennyson, Starring Paul Robeson, On Blu-Ray, Dvd & Est On 27 March

Lovingly remastered, THE PROUD VALLEY stars the highly revered black screen actor Paul Robeson (Song of Freedom, Show Boat), whose work was recently honoured in the BFI’s ‘BLACK STAR’ season celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Set in the Welsh mining valleys this popular social drama is an authentic portrayal of working-class life and society struggles which rung true with Robeson, a political activist in his own right, and is the second of just three films ever made by the young director Penrose Tennyson (There Ain’t No Justice, Convoy).

THE PROUD VALLEY was Robeson’s final British feature and the one film that in his own words, he was “proud of having played in”. David Goliath (Robeson), a charismatic African-American stoker, washes up in a small Welsh village where he finds work alongside the miners down the pit. A competent singer, Goliath’s roaring voice soon draws the attention of the local choir master Dick Parry (Simon Lack: The Silver Darlings, Enemy at the Door) and his son Emlyn (Edward Chapman: Convoy, It Always Rains on Sunday), who have ambitions of winning the national choir contest. Following a deadly explosion, the pits are closed, leaving the villagers out of work and struggling to make ends meet. Wanting to help the community that welcomed him so generously, David rouses a group of activists to march to London in the hope of reopening the mine in time to serve the nation at the outbreak of war.

Special Features

  • David Harewood on Paul Robeson
  • Paul Robeson & The Proud Valleys Featurette
  • Mining Review 2/11: A Star Drops In (1949)
  • Selected tracks from PAUL ROBESON – The Transatlantic Exchange Concert

THE PROUD VALLEY is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content:

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery). 

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