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Burning An Illusion (15)

22-25 August

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


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.

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature, shot around the communities of Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, marked a coming-of-age for Black British cinema. 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.

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  • Director Menelik Shabazz
  • Cast Victor Romero, Cassie McFarlane, Beverley Martin
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 1981
  • Language English
  • Running Time 1h45m
  • Certificate 15
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