A REGULAR BLACK The Hidden History of Wuthering Heights

Running time 28 minutes


“This film promises to enliven discussion of Brontë’s Wuthering Heights in the way that Chinua Achebe did for Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” Barbara Harlow, Louann and Larry Temple Professor of English, University of Texas


Drawing on extensive research, this provocative documentary examines the ambiguities of Emily Brontë’s novel to tease out themes of slavery and miscegenation coded into the text. The film locates the narrative in the Dentdale region of the Yorkshire Dales, home to the slave-trading Sill family whose history strangely parallels that of the fictional Earnshaw family.


The film features commentary by novelist and critic Caryl Phillips, historians Iain McCalman and Cassandra Pybus, together with local historians, Melinda Elder and Kim Lyon.