Mike Leigh

Meantime

+ Q&A with Mike Leigh

A powerful exploration of disaffected youth in the wake of Thatcherism.

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Ch4 1983
Dir Mike Leigh
With Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Alfred Molina
110min
Digital restoration

This was the first film to create a Mike Leigh ‘youth cult’, with Gary Oldman’s ferocious skinhead, and a fog of defeatism rolling out from an East End council flat to a housing estate in Essex. An outstanding cast of (then) unknowns all made waves, and the film is the best sort of period piece – a vibrant dramatic account of how life really was for many unemployed, alienated youngsters, and parents, at that time.

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