Tate Britain Film

Horace Ové’s Pressure (1976)

Black and white image of a man running down an alleyway


Join us for this special screening of Horace Ové’s Pressure (1976)

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted British-born black youths. Set in 1970s London, it tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents' church-going conformity and his brother's Black Power militancy.

As his initially high hopes are repeatedly dashed – he cannot find work anywhere, potential employers treat him with suspicion because of his colour – his sense of alienation grows. In a bid to find a sense of belonging, he joins his black friends who, estranged from their submissive parents, seek a sense of purpose in the streets and in chases with the police. An angry but sincere and balanced film, Pressure deals with the identity struggles that children of immigrants have to face and Horace Ové makes the most of his combination of professional actors and local non-actors from the streets of London.

This event will include an extended introduction from Michael McMillan.

Michael McMillan is a London based writer, playwright, artist/curator and academic, known for his critically acclaimed installation-based exhibition, The West Indian Front Room, which was the Geffrye Museum’s successful exhibition (2005-06). He is currently an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London), and Research Associate with VIAD (University of Johannesburg).

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The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

26 March 2022 at 18.30–21.15