DVD - 2017
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A incisive portrait of the tensions that exist within a working class family.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
ISBN: 9781681433424
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE MEANTI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0
video file,DVD video,region 1
Notes: Title from title frame
Originally released as a motion picture in 1984
Special features: New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker; New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael; more!; Plus: an essay by film scholar Sean O'Sullivan


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Jan 20, 2018

Mike Leigh's Meantime (1984) has gotten a new life with the Criterion release of this previously BBC only screened, made-for-TV film. It is an indictment of the Thatcher-era economic malaise where unemployment was soaring. It looks at a working class family, the Pollocks and their unemployed sons in particular (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) in London's East End that struggles with the lack of employment opportunities in a specific humanistic way. It is contrasted with the middle class family of their aunt (Marion Bailey) and her listless bank manager husband (Alfred Molina)from the suburbs that suffers in its own way. The film investigates other reactions to this dismal state such as becoming involved in the skinhead subculture through the energetic and aimless Coxy (the first screen appearance of Gary Oldman). It is an accurate reflection of the Thatcher years with remarkable performances from a number of actors who would go onto to successful careers later.

Sep 14, 2017

One of Mike Leigh's best films, a grimly humorous dissection of the impact of Thatcherism on the working class of Britain. Also worth a viewing to witness some of the finest work of Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Phil Daniels.


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