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Meantime: Special Edition

Released on 03 September 2007

Featuring: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels & Pam Ferris

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Meantime centres on a East End family, the Pollacks - Mavis, Frank and their sons Mark and Colin - and their experience of unemployment, poverty and life in early 1980s Britain. When Colin comes under the influence of skinhead Coxy and when Mavis's better off sister Barbara offers Colin work, family tensions erupt into conflict.

Mike Leigh's first independent film for five years has a superb cast of rising stars, including Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Tim Roth and Phil Daniels. First shown on television, it is a memorable and closely observed account of life in Thatcher's Britain.

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 Superb - A very astute observation of the 1980s

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I love this film. Mike Leigh really has nailed what the 80s were about here, unemployment, bleakness, youth, multiculturalism, social housing etc. Those of us who (just about) remember the early 80s will see something here that reminds us of these times.

The story is based around a family living on a council estate in S E London. The two teenage brothers (excellent performances from Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) live in a time and a place where there is nothing to do, no work and no money. This fantastic cast also features Alfred Molina, Pam Ferris and a terrifying yet at times hilarious turn from Gary Oldman as 'Coxy'.

This was Mike Leigh's first cinema film for 12 years and it is one of his best in a great many ways. It may lack the polish or budget of his films made in the last 15 years but in many ways it is one of the most earnest and a fascinating watch with a quality cast at the begining of their careers. Brilliant!

 A True English Cult classic"it reeks of the 80,s!!!!!!

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Shane meadows was 10 or 11 when this was made"bout the same age as me",He must have been influenced by this somewhat"it,s a total for runner to Romeo brass and This is england.I Saw this at an early age and i loved it,Anybody who loves Proper Down trodden English Kitchen sink Dramas should love this"im talking Fans of"Nil by mouth,and a lot of Ken loach,s Work.I loved Tim roths and Garry oldmans performances as Colin and the obnoxious Punk Coxy"Two Fresh faced geezers learning there trade long before"Hollywood and Mr Orange.On a recent viewing thou i noticed old Phil daniels alot more"He,s brilliant as Colins older Brother and his interplay with his mum Pam ferris and the Downtrodden dad are just Priceless.It,s got a great 80,s Feel to it"all be it a slightly depressing one"i remember my 80,s seeming like Endless summers and Fun.Also i realy like the soundtrack on this"Jazzy-ish with a bit of Piano,if you enjoy this and havent seen Made in Britain yet"it makes agood companion peice to this.

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ActorsMarion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Pam Ferris, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth & Jeff Robert
DirectorMike Leigh
Certificate15 years and over
Year1983
LanguagesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.