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MEANTIME

UK, 1983 (MIFF 1989, Mike Leigh Retrospective)

Director: Mike Leigh

Leigh's best-known film in Australia is the most sophisticated of his television-films and one of the great British films of the decade. Made not for the BBC but for Central Television, the film was thus able to be screened widely on the festival circuit (MFF '84) and served for many as an introduction to Leigh's work. Tim Roth is unforgettable as the not-so-bright Colin, whose acceptance of a casual job offer upturns the family, all of whom have, like Colin, been on the dole for some time. Newcomers to Mike Leigh territory -start here. You won't look back.

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BLEAK MOMENTS

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HOME SWEET HOME

Leigh's melancholy variation on 'Postman's Knock' centres on three postmen whose domestic lives on a suburban estate are more loosely (and painfully) entangled than they realise. The sexual conquests ... More »

NUTS IN MAY

A 'post-hippie' couple take a camping holiday in Devon, determined to escape the bustle of the city. Leigh's brilliantly observed comedy will have you loathing the officious husband within minutes ... More »

ABIGAIL'S PARTY

The appalling Beverley (played by Alison Steadman, a Leigh regular) has arranged a small party amongst a few neighbours, which provides the perfect opportunity to display her vast array of cultural ... More »

The Five Minute Films

Made early in Leigh's career at the BBC, but not screened until the 1982 Mike Leigh Retrospective on BBC-2, this is a series of 5 short vignettes, each five minutes in length, each designed to ... More »

GROWN UPS

No Mike Leigh film better illustrates the unique blend of comedy and drama that have come to be a trademark of his work than Grown Ups, which moves from heart-rendering pathos to hilarious, chaotic ... More »

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