Mike Leigh

Life Is Sweet

A new and exclusive restaurant in a local shopping area is the subject of Leigh’s food-infused comedy.

Image from Life Is Sweet

UK 1990
Dir Mike Leigh
With Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Stephen Rea, Claire Skinner, Timothy Spall, Alison Steadman
Digital restoration
Certificate 15

This delightful food-and-family comedy, filmed on location in Enfield, North London, deals with failure, anorexia and sibling rivalry. Never-to-be-forgotten wannabe restaurateur Aubrey opens the Regret Rien (très exclusive) in a shopping parade with a menu of tripe soufflé, chilled brains, pork cyst and liver in lager. Meanwhile, Jane Horrocks (in a sex scene with David Thewlis) does for chocolate spread what Kim Basinger did for honey.

The screening on Tuesday 26 October will feature a Q&A with Mike Leigh.