Sat 27 Nov / + Q&A with director Mike Leigh


Cert. 18

Special Screenings

132 mins

UK | 1993 | dir. Mike Leigh, with David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Crutwell | 4K Digital Restoration

Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive, Mike Leigh’s portrait of male angst and social dislocation is a masterly and totally unforgettable exploration of a morally adrift society in the aftermath of Thatcher’s Britain.

Johnny (Thewlis) is a frenetic and destructive outsider who tears through the lives of others like an emotional tornado. On the run from Manchester, he seeks sanctuary with his ex-girlfriend Louise (Sharp) in London, where he immediately targets her vulnerable housemate Sophie (Cartlidge) with his unique blend of predatory charm. From there he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey across the city, dragging other disaffected souls into his orbit as he spirals towards his own personal apocalypse.

Mike Leigh was awarded the prize for Best Director and nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and David Thewlis’s truly unforgettable performance won him Best Actor.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between director Mike Leigh and composer Gary Yershon

Sat 27 Nov 7pm


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