Burning An Illusion15

Directed by Menelik Shabazz | UK | 1981 | 1h 46m | Starring Cassie McFarlane, Beverley Martin, Angela Wynter, Chris Tummings

A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend. With the help of her friends, she seeks something better, and goes on a journey of emotional and political awakening. 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 and was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman.

Reviews

‘The film is lively, accurate and thought-provoking, burning illusions without substituting too many of its own. A highly promising debut.’
Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

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