Mike Leigh

Bleak Moments

Mike Leigh’s first feature film is a keenly observed study of loneliness.

Image from Bleak Moments

UK 1971
Dir Mike Leigh
With Eric Allan, Mike Bradwell, Joolia Cappleman, Anne Raitt, Sarah Stephenson
111min
Digital
Certificate PG

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.

Please note we will be screening a 4K Digital remaster taken from the original negatives.

Joint ticket available with Mike Leigh in Conversation on Tuesaday 28 October £20, concs £16 (Members pay £2 less); joint tickets must be booked via box office on 020 7928 3232 or in person.