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January 18, 2011
The first british film by a black director. It feels like a time capsule from the mid 70's. Just two years before star wars, britain was a pretty racist place. A intelligent and promising young black man finds life a struggle after leaving school, despite a good education and significant efforts to find a job. Something needs to change. Authorities are against him but there seems to be hope present in the young.
½ February 15, 2010
Vivid, only occasionally heavy-going account of African Carribean experiences of Britain in the 1970s. Much interesting material on the cultural shift from the original post-WW2 generation of immigrants and the younger generation now native to Britain. It begins as an even-handed study and gradually takes sides - with good reason. Slightly too didactic to work as a whole for me, but an urgent, interesting piece of filmmaking all the same.
Super Reviewer
½ November 24, 2009
British film, and the first feature length film ever made by a black British film-maker, about the experience of being black and coming of age in the 70's, when racism was overt and egg and bacon was a healthy start to the day. Made on a budget, its a little rough around the edges, but still an engrossing film, mostly due to the excellent performance by Herbert Norville as the lead character Tony finding his place and beliefs in a world that is intent on choosing them for him. It was controversial in its time (banned by the BFI for two years) but would barely flicker an eyelid if shown on TV now. This is a good thing.
December 30, 2008
Very well made film for a first time director tackling the realities of life in the 70's for young black men. So many elements of this film seem to have inspired British film-makers in the years following it from Alan Clarke to Shane Meadows that I am astounded Pressure is such a seemingly forgotten film
November 13, 2008
Great stuff. A hugely affecting study of a young man torn between two cultures, which to me seems as relevant today as it was when it was made. The BFI's DVD release has some fascinating extra features too.
September 3, 2008
It started like a movie then became more like a documentary about the struggle of immigrants, black identity and politics of the mid 70's. Not bad for an artist's (as opposed to a film-maker) first film.
May 19, 2008
The first feature film by a black British director, the film was banned for two years in Britain before being released. Simply put, it kicks ass.
February 29, 2008
Well made and interesting insight into the struggles of a young bck kid in london searching for an identity
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