A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher's England, Mike Leigh's Meantime was the culmination of the writer-director's pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in London's working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh's now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, Meantime is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole. DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; 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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Format Blu-ray
Release Date Aug 15, 2017
Genre Comedy, Drama
Actors Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth
Director Mike Leigh
Screen Format Widescreen
Sound Uncompressed Monaural PCM
Language English
Sub Titles English SDH
Video Aspect 1.66:1
Availability: In stock

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