Mike Leigh: Meantime
Made when the unemployment figures were threatening to top four million in Britain, Meantime is the tale of a family struggling to come to terms with dole culture. Parents Frank and Mavis are naturally frustrated by the shortage of jobs, but they are just as upset that their sons – the smart-mouth Mark and chronically shy Colin – have been reduced to drawing benefits. With no work available, the boys dedicate their days to killing time, which they accomplish by hanging around the house and knocking about with Coxy, a belligerent skinhead. Then, just as it seems as if things can't get any worse, Colin is offered a job and things really kick off. Perhaps the greatest ever movie about boredom, Meantime deserves to be ranked alongside Mike Leigh's greatest works such as 'Abigail's Party', 'Nuts In May' and Naked.
Written and directed by Mike Leigh
Cast: Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Marion Bailey …
Production: Central Television for Channel 4
Date and time
22 February 2015
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