The British New Wave is the name given to a trend in filmmaking among directors in Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The label is a translation of Nouvelle Vague, the French term first applied to the films of François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and others.
There is considerable overlap between the New Wave and the so-called “Angry Young Men”, those artistes in British theatre and film such as playwright John Osborne and director Tony Richardson, who challenged the social status quo. Their work drew attention to the reality of life for the working classes, especially in the North of England, often characterized as “It’s grim up north”. This particular type of drama, centred around class and the nitty-gritty of day-to-day life, was also known as the kitchen sink drama.