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Burning An Illusion [1981] [DVD]

Menelik Shabazz    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Menelik Shabazz
  • Producers: Menelik Shabazz
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 13 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S9LSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,854 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.

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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC 23 Sep 2009
By Nomsa
I saw this film in the 80s and it was so accurately portrayed some of the things young black men and women were and still are experiencing. Ultimately it dealt with the lead female character finding out who she really is. It was also about two people who had a certain expectation of each other but they couldn't meet in the middle until a life changing event took place. It's an excellent piece of work and we need more like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning An Illusion 28 July 2009
Excellent Service from the sender, it came quickly and the film itself is a classic. It's a shame we don't have more of these from this era. I was a youngster in the eighties, but it brought back so many memories for me. The film shows first generation British blacks trying to find themselves, not quite west indian, not quite british enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 28 July 2011
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I saw this on tv when it was aired in the 80's, when seeing black people on tv was still rare! I ran to purchase the dvd as soon as it was released.
This film along with Babylon and other titles told it like it was in the 80's for a black person growing up in a Thatcherism state. This film is very powerful and forfilling definatley worth every penny!
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