Burning an Illusion. Burning an Illusion : Jacob Burns Film Center 2019-01-12

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Burning an Illusion

Firstly, because it foregrounds the experience of a young black British woman, breaking with the tradition of placing white males at the center of a story. Menelik Shabazz, 1982 United Kingdom. We are excited to be joined by one of the film's star Angela Wynter in a conversation with Yvonne Connikie on Saturday 25th November. The films will explore such varied narrative forms as the essay film, home-movies, archives, as well as fictional, experimental and documentary approaches. Burning an Illusion won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival in France and Cassie McFarlane won the Evening Standard Award for 'Most Promising New Actress'.

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Burning an Illusion

Burning an Illusion

Pat Williams, played by the award-winning Cassie McFarlane, is a London girl with a caring family, her own flat and a job that she enjoys, who looks forward to settling down to a comfortable married life. Her dream is shattered when she meets Del Victor Romero , a charming but vaguely discontented toolmaker, who soon moves in and then loses his job causing them both to challenge their assumptions about each other and their aspirations. This is the third reason for the film's longevity: designed as fallible people, his characters can breathe and grow. . It was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.

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We see the courtship between Pat and her suitor, Del, culminating when he moves in. Preceding the screening of Burning An Illusion will be a special introduction of the film featuring guest panellists. It is also a spot for radical polemics, in-house edits, live scores, original posters, and filmmaker appearances. Even today, that is highly unusual. Enter Del Victor Romero Evans , a recent immigrant struggling to adjust to his new life. The second half of the film dramatises how social forces and character traits work to derail Pat's goal, the breakdown of their relationship and how she and Del react to the pressures they face.

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BURNING AN ILLUSION with Menelik Shabazz

Burning an Illusion

With this retrospective we hope, in our own small way, to introduce his body of work to a wider public and reaffirm him as one of the most significant artists and activists in contemporary British film. Pat Williams, played by the award-winning Cassie McFarlane, is a London girl with a caring family, her own flat and a job that she enjoys, who looks forward to settling down to a comfortable married life. Then Pat's 'mister right' turns wrong. Pat Williams, played by the award-winning Cassie McFarlane, is a London girl with a caring family, her own flat and a job that she enjoys, who looks forward to settling down to a comfortable married life. It's about a male-female relationship.

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Burning an Illusion

Burning an Illusion

Secondly, it focuses on her life as a young woman, not as a symbol of black experience. Her dream is shattered when she meets Del Victor Romero , a charming but vaguely discontented toolmaker, who soon moves in and then loses his job causing them both to challenge their assumptions about each other and their aspirations. He has worked in the British film industry for over 35 years in both documentary and fiction. Two decades after it was made, why does Menelik Shabazz's first feature, a simple tale of a young girl's relationship, hold such attention? As she becomes more politically aware, their relationship changes and she begins to question her middle-class aspirations and attitudes, shedding her old biases to reclaim her African heritage. Drawn into the world of 'Africa' and the realization of her own cultural background and also one in which women are not mere chattels, looking for more chattels, she begins to see society more sharply. Other films in the series: , , A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning an Illusion marked a coming of age for black British cinema.

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BURNING AN ILLUSION with Menelik Shabazz

Burning an Illusion

She has a good job, her own flat—she just needs the man. The final reason why the film still grips is that, more than twenty years on, nothing else quite like it has been made. At the present time, we are cash only. Synopsis Menelik Shabazz's 1981 film is a coming of age story about Pat - a young black woman who is searching for security and companionship in her life. Pat, an ordinary working-class London girl, has a caring family, a job she enjoys and her own flat. Joel Karamath has written an to the film, and a discussion of some of its. We're shown how and why they change.

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BURNING AN ILLUSION (1981)

Burning an Illusion

It wants to show what it's like to live in Britain now. With an inspired performance from Cassie Macfarlane as Pat, the film shows her becoming more aware of the rapidly changing landscape in a just-as rapidly changing British society. A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning an Illusion marked a coming of age for black British cinema. Burning an Illusion was released in the midst of this turbulent era and was only the second black-directed film to be made in the country at the time. Burning An illusion is contained within the Who Do You Think You Are? In 1981, minority communities across England took to the streets to protest police brutality, institutional racism, and unemployment. It was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.

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Burning an Illusion A young British-born woman of color comes of age while seeking security through marriage. We are an ex-bodega of enchantment, a semi-social society, an anti-commercial Atlantis. Her dream is shattered when she meets Del Victor Romero , a charming but vaguely discontented toolmaker, who soon moves in and then loses his job causing them both to challenge their assumptions about each other and their aspirations. Pat finds herself torn between imperfect options when she falls in love with Del Vic Romero , a hotheaded toolmaker who has difficulty keeping steady work. A turning point comes when her boyfriend is falsely arrested and beaten by the police. The film explores first the growing tensions of the affair and then the girl's gradual realization that her aspirations are simply those that a white world has imposed upon her. Posted in Post navigation Spectacle Theater is a volunteer-run microcinema, screening rare and under-appreciated films seven days a week.

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A young British-born black woman begins to question her attitude to love and life and desire for middle-class respectability and security through marriage. A love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London, it was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening. I had my own flat, a steady job. Leader rating This film has not been rated by a club leader yet. But the false arrest and merciless beating of her boyfriend by police forces a turning point in both their lives.

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