Groundbreaking British feature exploring a black woman's questions of racial identity, set amongst the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove areas of West London. Pat Williams (Cassie McFarlane) has a decent job, a flat and looks forward to settling down with her boyfriend, Del (Victor Romero). Her life begins to spirals out of control however after Del loses his job and is arrested after getting into a fight. As Pat gradually starts to realise that she is simply following the aspirations of a white society, she becomes increasingly drawn into the exploration of her own African racial heritage.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: The story of a black woman's awakening. Pat Williams (Cassie McFarlane) is a girl with a steady job and a London flat, who looks forward to settling down to a comfortable married life. Her dream is shattered when her boyfriend, Del (Victor Romero) spirals out of control as he loses his job and is arrested after a fight. The film explores the growing tensions in Pat and Del's relationship and then Pat's gradual realization that her aspirations are simply those that a white world has imposed on her. She becomes drawn into the world of 'Africa' and the realization of her own cultural background. A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it was shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning An Illusion was the first British film to give a central voice to black women, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening. ...Burning an Illusion