Tigers are Better Looking (Sudan: 1979)


Hussein Shariffe

Cast list

Tim Brown
Julie Covington
Susan Littler
Malcolm McDowell
Anton Phillips
Nick White


Writing: Screenplay by Hussein Shariffe, adapted from the short story of the same name by Jean Rhys
Production: National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield Studios, UK.
Scenario: Hussein Shariffe, adaptation
Photography: Pascoe Macfarlane
Montage: Clare Mussel, Alan Tyrer


Tigers are Better Looking is an adaptation of a short story by Jean Rhys. In the film, Shariffe directs his view towards exile in Europe, showing the wide disparity between North and South. The film contrasts two different civilisations, the homeland, Sudan, and the country of exile, Great Britain. Through poetic abstractions the director manages to portray the strong sense of exile and the longing for the homeland. The film received special commendation in the Tour Festival, France, 1980.

Academic Articles:

Hale, Sondra. “Arts Publications and Cultural Projects by Sondra Hale.”
Middle East Studies 10.1 (2014): 41-52. Project MUSE. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

Slyomovics, Susan. ““Every Slight Movement of the People… is
Everything”: Sondra Hale and Sudanese Art.” Middle East Studies 10.1
(2014): 15-40. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

Al-Rahīm, Muddathir’abd. “Arabism, Africanism, and Self-Identification in the Sudan.” The Journal of Modern African Studies 8.02 (1970): 233. Print.

Blodgett, Harriet. “Tigers Are Better Looking to Jean Rhys.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 32 (1976): 226-44. EBSCO. Web.

Ladouceur, Paul. “The Southern Sudan: A Forgotten War and a Forgotten Peace.” International Journal 30.3 (1975): 406. JSTOR. Web.

Mphahlele, Es’Kia. “Africa in Exile.” Daedalus 111.2 (1982): 29-48. JSTOR. Web.

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