Tuesday, 19 February 2013

'PRESSURE' 1975 - EXCELLENT & PIONEERING BUT SADLY LARGELY UNKOWN BLACK RADICAL FILM FROM eNGLAND



Babylon 1981 gets most of the limelight in terms of ground-breaking radical Black cinema in england, and for good reason, it is an outstanding film about the Black working class experience in england at a time when Black and Brown and some white allies were literally burning up the country in resistance against white supremacist working class and police brutality and poor conditions in our communities. However, Pressure while being much less known, was screened six years prior to Babylon, and perhaps being a bit closer to the Black Power period of the last 1960s and early 1970s, has more of that influence in it, while also being a great local community story about Black youth in and around and being shot the Ladbroke Grove area. There are some fantastic shots of Trellick Tower from the canal.

Pressure is also more experimental than Babylon, making it more interesting viewing from this perspective, with the slightly funky and zany Black Power sister who passes on some interesting and rather humorous lectures the brothers in the area. 

I personally have not seen Pressure for nearly four years at least, so am looking myself to watching it again. 

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

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