"Siren Spirits" is a wonderful feature comprising four short dramas directed by women of color, produced by Leda Serene for the British Film Institute and BBC Television.






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Series cast summary:
Margaret Ashley Margaret Ashley ...  Doctor Franc 2 episodes, 1994
Susmita Bhattacharya Susmita Bhattacharya ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1994
Saroj Chakravarty Saroj Chakravarty ...  Priest 2 episodes, 1994
Howard Davis Howard Davis ...  Boy 2 episodes, 1994
Jon Finch ...  Detective Margrave 2 episodes, 1994
Tom Geoghegan Tom Geoghegan ...  Buckley 2 episodes, 1994
Joan Hooley Joan Hooley ...  Bonetta 2 episodes, 1994
Ronny Jhutti ...  Raja 2 episodes, 1994
Bernard Lawrence Bernard Lawrence ...  Homeless man 2 episodes, 1994
Rachel Lumberg Rachel Lumberg ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 1994
Theo Omambala Theo Omambala ...  Maisie Blue 2 episodes, 1994
Archie Panjabi ...  Joyoti 2 episodes, 1994
Theresa Petts Theresa Petts ...  Nurse Beach 2 episodes, 1994
John Rafferty John Rafferty ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1994
Jason Rose Jason Rose ...  Grady 2 episodes, 1994
Roshan Seth ...  Ajoy 2 episodes, 1994
Yasmin Sidhwa Yasmin Sidhwa ...  Rani 2 episodes, 1994
Nick Simons Nick Simons ...  Sandwich board man 2 episodes, 1994
Daniel Thorndike Daniel Thorndike ...  Colonel Peter Alexander 2 episodes, 1994
Badi Uzzaman Badi Uzzaman ...  Ranjan 2 episodes, 1994


Ngozi Onwurah's "White Men Are Cracking Up" uses a murder mystery to explore the legacies of British colonialism and the exoticization of Black women. Using magic realism, "Memsahib Rita" by Pratibha Parmar looks at the physical and emotional violence of racism. Shanti is haunted by both the racist taunts of nationalist white youths and the memory of her white mother. Dani Williamson's "Get Me to the Crematorium on Time" is a moving portrait of undying love and grief. When her husband of twenty years dies, Bonetta is overcome by her loss and is taken to a mental hospital; but she knows she must escape to get to the crematorium to say farewell to the man with whom she has shared her life. In Frances-Anne Solomon's "Bideshi" a 50-year-old Bengali man lies in a coma in hospital, his soul stuck in a dark tunnel near death, until a resolution of his conflict with his daughter liberates his spirit. "Siren Spirits" shows the powerful complexity of family and race relations in contemporary ... Written by Johnny

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25 December 1994 (UK) See more »


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£400,000 (estimated)
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