Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive, Mike Leigh’s ferociously powerful depiction of England’s underbelly is a brilliant amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy.
David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge
UK 1993. 131min
A portrait of male angst and social dislocation, which took best director and actor prizes at Cannes, Leigh’s film features a truly unforgettable performance by David Thewlis. He plays Johnny, a frenetic and destructive outsider who tears through the lives of others like an emotional tornado. On the run from Manchester, he seeks sanctuary with his ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp) in London, where he immediately targets her vulnerable housemate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge). From there, he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey across the city, dragging other disaffected souls into his orbit as he spirals towards his own personal apocalypse. Leigh’s film is astonishing – a controversial and unforgettable exploration of society morally adrift in the aftermath of Thatcher’s decade in power.
Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.
Naked has been remastered by the BFI National Archive in 4K under the full supervision of cinematographer Dick Pope and approved by Mike Leigh.
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