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Burning an Illusion (1981)

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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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Menelik Shabazz

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

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Right It Is
Composed by Seyoum Netfa
Courtesy of Seyoum Netfa
Performed by John Baybrutt, Vin Gordon, Sam Kelly, Seyoum Netfa, Mike Rose, Peter Segona and Kirk Service
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Brilliant storytelling!
7 December 2012 | by eliaaSee all my reviews

I am surprised the movie has not been reviewed yet. The portrayal of London in the late 70s is so precise, it was the second Black British film directed and released in 1981. It is a total recommend for strong females and gaining an insight to the racial tension experienced at the time. The costume design was amazing too. To an extent the director's vision is quite parallel to Pressure directed by Horace Ove. But overall we see a young black woman maturing into an independent lady contrasted by the present reality and what she envisions for herself. The film effectively shows rocky situations can easily be for the better. It's worth a watch!


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Language:

English

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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