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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN2791BR

MEANTIME (CRITERION COLLECTION / 1984) (BLU-RAY)

A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s Meantime is the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television. 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 SPECIAL EDITION:

New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of pho­­tog­­raphy 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
Interview from 2007 with actor Tim Roth
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O’Sullivan

CAST
Mark - Phil Daniels
Colin - Tim Roth
Barbara - Marion Bailey
Mavis - Pam Ferris
Frank - Jeff Robert
Coxy - Gary Oldman
Hayley - Tilly Vosburgh
John - Alfred Molina

CREDITS
Director - Mike Leigh
Produced by Graham Benson
Director of photography - Roger Pratt
Editor - Lesley Walker
Art director - Diana Charnley
Sound Recordist - Malcolm Hirst
Music composed by Andrew Dickson
Music played by Andrew Dickson and George Khan
Costumes by Lindy Hemming
Makeup artist - Sandra Shepherd

  
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