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Film Festival brings Pressure to La Brea
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) will bring Pressure to La Brea this weekend, when the last of the festival’s Community Cinema Series rolls in to community centre, for a free screening of a critically acclaimed film by British and Trinidadian director Horace Ové, tomorrow at 7pm.
Sponsored by the National Gas Company (NGC) and held in association with the La Brea Village Council, Pressure (rated 16+) is a gritty film that traces the journey of a British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad who finds himself adrift between two cultures.
It features a strong cast of British-based, West Indian actors including Trinis Oscar James (the older brother Colin), Lucita Lijertwood (the mother) and Frank Singuineau (the father).
Assistant producer of the film, and programme director of the ttff, Annabelle Alcazar will be present for a Q&A session, a media release from the ttff said.
Praised at the time for the bold way it dealt with institutional racism and police brutality in the UK, without treating such matters simplistically, Pressure is based on a script co-written by Ové and Trinidadian novelist Samuel Selvon (The Lonely Londoners). Both men had left the islands and taken up residence in the UK and used their art to document the plight of West Indian immigrants in the Mother Land.
Pressure’s scenes of police brutality led to it being banned for two years by its own backers, the British Film Institute. It was eventually released to wide acclaim, partly because of a relentless campaign by film critics from the UK Guardian and Evening Standard, who wrote in support of lifting the ban on what they saw as a critically important film. Nothing like it had been made before and the industry stood behind it.
Pressure’s plot centres on Tony, a young London born school-leaver whose parents and older brother come from Trinidad. Tony has good academic qualifications but can’t find a job. His brother Colin, a black power activist, attempts to radicalise him and Tony’s growing frustration with the institutional racism that prevents him finding the kind of employment that matches his academic accomplishments, leads him to begin to open up to radical ideas.
Nonetheless, it takes the sexual allure of a “groovy soul sister” Louise, to entice Tony into collective action against oppression.
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