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Burning an Illusion + discussion (15)

17 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Tickets: £6.50

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature, filmed in the communities of London’s 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.

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 Evans), 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.

On its release in 1981, 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.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about Anti-Racism and Black Activism in Scotland today with Daniella Faakor Damptey and layla-roxanne hill.

Daniella Faakor Damptey is passionate about social justice and anti-racism. She is an actor and writer, Alumni Officer of the RCS Black Union, and is a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament representing Glasgow Kelvin. Her work In A Barbie World was recognized as a finalist at the 2022 Glasgow Short Film Festival, competing in the Young Scottish Filmmaker category.

layla-roxanne hill is a writer, curator and organiser, living in Scotland. Her work focuses on anti-colonial cultural contributions and the way our conditions move us to act. As well as being a GFT Board Member, layla-roxanne is also active in the trade union movement, holding elected positions within the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Scottish TUC (STUC). layla-roxanne's co-authored forthcoming book, Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (Bloomsbury, October 2022) offers a unique snapshot of Black Scottish history and present-day realities.

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  • Director Menelik Shabazz
  • Cast Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 1981
  • Running Time 1h45m
  • Certificate 15 - domestic abuse, brief strong violence

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