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