Educating, Empowering and entertaining a diverse audience
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            (subject to change)
Thursday 7th October
19.00 – 20.00
Welcome reception and festival launch
Holiday Inn Hotel
20.30 – 22.00
Gala screening
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones
UCI the filmworks
20.00 – 23.00
The Inn - Place
Holiday Inn Hotel
50% discount on food and drinks in hotel’s bar and restaurant
Friday 8th October

17.00 – 23.00

The Inn-Place

Holiday Inn Hotel

50% discount on food and drinks in hotel’s bar and restaurant

18.30 – 20.00

Screening: Bang Bang in Da Manor

Holiday Inn Hotel


19.30 – 21.00

Talking Movies

Holiday Inn Hotel


21.30 – 23.00




Holiday Inn Hotel


23.45 – 1.15


UCI the film works



Saturday 9th October





11.00 – 16.00


Holiday Inn Hotel


11.00 – 1.30

Special effects master class

Holiday Inn Hotel


14.30 – 17.00

Sistas in the Spotlight:

Black women making waves in the media

Holiday Inn Hotel



12.00 – 23.00

The Inn-Place

Holiday Inn Hotel

50% discount on food and drinks in hotel’s bar and restaurant

18.00 – 20.00

Hot Shots short film screenings
Walking Backwards
Trouble maker
The Negro Zone

Holiday Inn Hotel


21.00  - 23.00

Screening: ONE WEEK

Holiday Inn Hotel


23.45 – 1.15




UCI the filmworks



 Sunday 10th October






9.30 – 11.30

Jazz brunch screenings: A series of short films paying homage to black women jazz singers

Holiday Inn Hotel                    £25.00






                                                         GALA SCREENING

‘LOVE, SEX & EATING THE BONES’ is a love story with a twist. Sexy and engaging, the film tells the story of Michael (Hill Harper), a handsome black photographer who pays the bills by working as a security guard.  Complications develop when he falls for Jasmine (Marlyn N. Afflack), a market research professional who has adopted celibacy as a way of life.
Dir: Sudz Sutherland -- Cert: 18  --  Thursday 7th October -- Venue:  UCI the filmworks

Offical movie web site




 A social investigation into the disproportionate levels of violence and murder suffered by the black community of Britain. This documentary identifies the failure of the British educational system, the breakdown of the family units and consumerism/capitalism as significant contributory factors into this phenomenon.  With interviews from gunmen, underground arms dealers, drug users and victims of the violence; the film attempts to define the social environment which conditions and nurtures the desire to consume and destroy.

Dir: Sean Mendez/ Negar Esfendiary


  GETTING GROWN                              European Premiere

 The film follows twelve-year old Eric as he sets out on a seemingly simple errand. When Eric’s journey through the neighbourhood turns into a major rite of passage, he’s faced with getting lost or getting grown.

Dir: Aaron Greer  -- Dur: 75 mins  --  Cert: 15  ---  USA 2004. Friday 8th October Holiday Inn Hotel    Time: 21.30



The future has never looked better for Varon Thomas. He’s marrying the woman of his dreams, he’s up for a big promotion at his job and his best friend Tyco is finally getting off the couch and moving out.  With his wedding just one week away, Varon won’t let anything get in the way of his perfect future.  But he’s got one problem that he can’t make go away… and she knows a secret from his past. A single unanswered question now threatens to ruin his life forever. How long can he keep her quiet? How much will this secret cost him?

Dir: Carl Season Dur: 97 mins- Cert: 15 USA 2002- Saturday 9th October Holiday Inn Hotel,- High Wycombe Time:21.30pm

                    Late night screenings


  LOVE & ORGASMS            European Premiere

 Love and orgasms is a dramatic comedy about women’s relationships that explores the emotional challenges of healing a broken heart and the importance of sexual pleasure for women

Dir: Dana Offenbach - Cert: 18 - USA 2004 - Saturday 9th October - Time 11.45pm -
Venue: UCI the filmworks


 Def by Temptation

This stylish horror film blends knowing humour, eroticism, tension, and a terrific all-black cast. The writer/director stars as a divinity student who falls prey to the demon Cynthia Bond, who is hell-bent on leading him astray.

Dir James Bond III - Friday 8th October - Cert: 18 - US 1990 - Time: 11.45pm - Venue:  UCI the filmworks



Hot shots are a new strand in this year’s festival programme for aspiring and first time directors, providing an opportunity to screen their work to a diverse audience.   Screenings include:


A young single mother tries to racially harass herself out of her council flat, in order to prevent her son from falling foul of the local gang.

Dir: Laura Baylem - Dur:  14 mins - UK 2004.-  


Combining her own personal story with a political message, Caroline Deed’s lyrical film explores the Apollo moon landing from a Ghanaian perspective. Once, ‘independence’ meant progress and freedom, especially from Western rule. But how can freedom be attained when progress results in new forms of dependency on the West?

Dir: Caroline Deeds - Dur: 26 mins - UK 2004 -  


Hush, is a moving story about love, loss, family and anger buried deep. It is also about forgiveness, second chances, healing and triumph over             disability.

Dir: Lola Akins - Dur: 25 mins - UK 2004.


Four teenage fathers give their unique views on fatherhood, sex and relationships; fathers who feel that they have until now, been categorised as ‘unheard voices’

Dir: Kevin Brazant - Dur: 27 mins - UK 2004.

 Black Is…..

The first in a series of documentaries showcasing the work of black artists working across different art forms.  This film introduces the work of Bangladeshi poet, singer and music producer, Sarah Sayeed.

Dir: Erinma Ochu - UK 2004

 The director of the winning film will receive a course of their choice at the National Film and Television School Short Course Unit.  The films will also be streamed on Every Generation Media website



Talking Movies is an informal information session with a producer, director, actor or industry executive.  It’s your opportunity to ask the questions.

 Sistas in Spotlight - Black Women Making Waves in the Media

Sistas in the Spotlight: Black women making waves in the media following the successful Sistas in the Spotlight event held in April. The conference profiles black women working within the media industry. The conference will explore issues affecting black women within the media and provide practical information to women wanting to enter the industry.

                                     Special Effects Master Class

The session will include a general overview of present film digital video playback systems their advantages and disadvantages and        take a close look at the Inbox®1000 digital playback system from Inbox Solutions Ltd.   In addition,.

The session, led by Steve Campbell, former Head of research and   design at Panvision, and director of InBox Solutions, will include a general overview of present film digital video playback systems their advantages and disadvantages and take a close look at the Inbox®1000W digital playback system from Inbox Solutions Ltd. In addition, we will take a look at Travelling Mattes & Matte Paintings,      Motion Control & Miniatures, Special Effects and Visual Effects, and Computer Generated Imagery all techniques used on some of the most innovative features film of recent times. 

The Inbox®1000 running the Inbox Networks software will demonstrate how 3D rendered animation, live action movement generated by a motion control rig and keying with video assist images combined to provide a unique production tool as used by Framestore and Hallmark for the production Dinotipia and Cinesite for Tomb Raider.  There will also be a practical demonstration using the Inbox1000W to illustrate ‘blue screen’ or chromakey production. The session will also look at the career opportunities offered for      working in this sector of the film industry.


Looking for a Job
Careers Fair On Saturday 9th Oct 04 @ Holiday Inn Hotel, High Whycombe
11am-4pm Contact Fiona Jarman Tel 01865 442702
More info click here


                                  Sunday brunch jazz screenings

An opportuity to enjoy a sumptious African-American and Caribbean Sunday buffett  brunch at the Holiday Inn Hotel, whilst enjoying a series of screenings paying homage to the late and great black women jazz singers of our time.

Screenings include:

 Mama Lou
Directed by Maybelle Peters
Model animation is used to depict a blues singer entering her dressing room between acts in her performance. She is visited by the ghost of her grandmother, who reminds her of the history of women blues singers.


 Tiny and Ruby: Hell-Divin’ Women
Directed by Greta Schiller
An affectionate and hilarious portrait of trumpeter Ernestine ‘Tiny’ Davis and her lover of 42 years, Ruby Lucas, pianist, bass player and drummer. Dubbed the female Louis Armstrong, only two photos of Tiny exist, leaving the filmmaker the task of reconstructing her life through live interview, animated sequences and home movie footage.
 Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues
Directed by Carol Van Falkenburg & Christine Dall
Rare footage of singers Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alverta     Hunter and Ethel Waters who made the blues a vital part of American culture. History at its very best, the film makes telling points about race, gender, and class, and brings to life an extraordinary group of women.


The ‘Inn-place’ to be during the festival

Looking for the best place to unravel Spike Lee’s concepts while sipping a cappuccino, or discuss the work of Paul Robson whilst enjoying a chilled beer?  Look no further than the Junction Bar and Restaurant at the Holiday Inn hotel at Handy cross, High Wycombe.

 Hosted by the Holiday Inn Hotel, the ‘Inn-Place’ to be will provide an opportunity to network, discuss the latest screening or a place to relax and just chill out.  With 50% discount on food and drinks in the hotel bar and restaurant, this definitely makes it the Inn-Place to be during the festival. 

Tickets for events and festival passes available from:
Wycombe Swan Box Office
St. Mary Street
High Wycombe
Bucks HP11 2XE


            In person
Mon – Sat  10am – 7pm
By phone
01494 512 000
By fax
You can fax your bookings with credit/debit card details to the Swan on
01494 538 080 at anytime
Methods of payment
Visa,  Mastercard, Switch, Delta.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘Wycombe Swan’
Tickets can be held at the Swan box office for you for an
additional charge of 50p.
            For further information on the festival contact
            Pamela on  01494 538 769
                                 07950 785 050

Breaking the Illusions is Buckinghamshire's premier black media festival
 Now in its second year, the festival is a weekend of high energy, creativity showcasing screenings from the best of independent and commercial cinema, coupled with a range of seminars and master classes .

This year's festival introduces HOT SHOTS in association with Every Generation Media, an open submission strand of short screenings.
Films will be shown in the festival and will be seen by a very diverse audience. It will also be streamed online by Every Generation, enabling even more people to see your work!!
The deadline for submissions is the 23rd Agust 2004!!

Holiday Inn Hotel, High Wycombe is the festival's official venue - special 2/3 nights delegate rates available
Breaking the Illusions Media Festival 2004 are now seeking VOLUNTEERS
If you'd like to volunteer for this year’s Breaking the Illusions Festival now is your chance! Join us for our upcoming volunteer meetings, open to all interested in helping out. Volunteer as an V.I.P. guest liaison officer, delegate hosts or help spread advance word. Please email a one page outline including your name, contact details, what area you would interested in working in and why
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