Educating, Empowering and entertaining a diverse audience
Saturday 9th October
Sunday 10th October
OVERVIEW OF FESTIVAL EVENTS
BANG BANG! IN DE MANOR
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.
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?
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
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 SHORT SCREENINGS PROGRAMME
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 .firstname.lastname@example.org