Pat (Cassie McFarlane), is an ordinary London girl with a caring family, a job she enjoys and her own flat. Seeking nothing more than to settle down to a life of married, middle-class conformity, her cosy world is jolted when she meets Del (Victor Romero), a charming and vaguely disconnected toolmaker who loses his job and causes them to challenge their assumptions and aspirations. 'Burning an Illusion', Menelik Shabazz's pioneering first feature, marked a coming of age for black British cinema. Exploring the issues of transformation and identity, this sensitive and entertaining love story traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London.
Audio Commentary with Menelik Shabazz, Cassie McFarlane and Victor Romero
'Blood Ah Goh Run' (Menelik Shabazz, 1982,13 mins): short film documenting the impact of New Cross Massacre of 1981, the Black People's Day of Action, and the uprisings in Brixton, Southall and Liverpool