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Burning an Illusion (1981)

| Drama
A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

Director:

Menelik Shabazz

Writer:

Menelik Shabazz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassie McFarlane Cassie McFarlane ... Pat Williams
Victor Romero Evans Victor Romero Evans ... Del Bennett (as Victor Romero)
Beverley Martin Beverley Martin ... Sonia
Angela Wynter Angela Wynter ... Cynthia
Malcolm Frederick Malcolm Frederick ... Chamberlain (as Malcolm Fredericks)
Chris Tummings ... Scotty
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Pest
Corinne Skinner-Carter Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Pat's Mother
Marva Buchanan Marva Buchanan ... Lorna
Larrington Walker ... Tony
Millie Kiarie Millie Kiarie ... Chairwoman
Nicola Wright ... Christine
Ruddy L. Davis Ruddy L. Davis ... Father
Suzanne Auguste Suzanne Auguste ... Angela
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Nat West
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A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Illuusiot murtuvat See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Victor Romero-Evans was also well known as a singer of Lovers Rock in the late 70s/early 80s See more »

Soundtracks

Tribulation
Composed by Sylvia Robinson
Courtesy of Sylvia Robinson
Performed by Ras Angels and Ras Messengers
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Great insight into black London in the 80s
29 December 2013 | by ucheuk2000See all my reviews

This was a fantastic movie and I really did not want it to end. As an 80s baby there were parts that brought back faded memories of black London in the early 80s but many others revealed things that I would never have known having only been a young kid. The story and the acting was good considering the limited budget and resources I'm sure they had to do everything. The end brought tears to this Hackney gel's eyes! What a pity that Menelik Shabazz wasn't given the same level of support as Spike Lee as he superbly highlights the issues that black people faced then which still resonates today and I think is oft ignored and swept under the carpet.


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