Mike Leigh

All or Nothing

Life, love and lyricism on a south London estate.

Image from All or Nothing

UK 2002
Dir Mike Leigh
With Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, James Corden, Alison Garland, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Mayes
4K Digital restoration
Certificate 18

On a south London council estate Spall’s listless mini-cab driver, Manville’s supermarket check-out clerk and their obese children work through a cleverly maintained storyline with friends, colleagues and neighbours to achieve a tough compromise with happiness. Another series of perfectly chosen, evocative locations – with a couple of severe narrative jolts (a heart attack, a dash for freedom to the Kent coast) – maintain a level tone of working-class poetry.

The screening on Sunday 21 November will feature a Q&A with Mike Leigh.