Mike Leigh’s first feature film is a keenly observed study of loneliness.
Dir Mike Leigh
With Eric Allan, Mike Bradwell, Joolia Cappleman, Anne Raitt, Sarah Stephenson
This remarkable first feature film was based on Leigh’s own stage play. It was, said Leigh, about ‘my own loneliness, a lament for lost sexual opportunities, a celebration of the alternative sub-culture.’ There is a sad, Chekhovian atmosphere, a memorably depressing scene in a Chinese restaurant, and acting that makes you cringe (in a good way) with embarrassment. Albert Finney helped fund the film.