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Burning an Illusion
Burning an Illusion

Burning an Illusion 1981

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Burning an Illusion 1981 15

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Menelik Shabazz

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature, shot around the communities of Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, marked a coming of age for black British cinema. A love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London, it was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.

Pat Williams, played by the award-winning Cassie McFarlane, is a London girl with a caring family, her own flat and a job that she enjoys, who looks forward to settling down to a comfortable married life. Her dream is shattered when she meets Del (Victor Romero), a charming but vaguely discontented toolmaker, who soon moves in and then loses his job causing them both to challenge their assumptions about each other and their aspirations.

Burning an Illusion won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival in France and Cassie McFarlane won the Evening Standard Award for 'Most Promising New Actress'.

Directed by

Menelik Shabazz

Featuring

Cassie Mcfarlane

Victor Romero Evans

Beverley Martin

Genres

Legal and Courtroom drama

Collection

Features Black British Filmmaking Love British Classics Black Star

Certificate

15

Released

1981

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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