Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 179: Thu Nov 11

Meantime (Leigh, 1983): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.45pm

This film is part of the Mike Leigh season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
What produces a skinhead is the subtle subject of Mike Leigh’s powerful and mysterious 1983 feature for British TV, though it may take you most of the film to realize it. We’re treated to the bitter inertia of a family on the dole in a cramped high rise in London’s East End, with particular emphasis on a raspy layabout (Phil Daniels) who berates and undermines his nearly catatonic kid brother (Tim Roth); a street punk; a young woman in the neighborhood; and the boys’ aunt, who has married into the middle class. Watch for an interesting early performance by Gary Oldman, as well as contributions from Marion Bailey and Alfred Molina.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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