HIGH HOPES
1988, Park Circus, 108 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

This charming look at life in a working-class London neighborhood centers on Cyril (Phil Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen). She wants a baby but Cyril, a socialist who feels defeated by Thatcherism, is reluctant. Providing the couple with both support and vexation are an extended family including Cyril’s pretentious sister (Heather Tobias) and their increasingly forgetful mum (Edna Dore). “Bluesy and sneaky funny, Mike Leigh's British comedy HIGH HOPES is about as exhilarating as a movie about a bone-deep malaise can be.” – Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


QUADROPHENIA
1979, Westchester Films, 115 min, UK, Dir: Franc Roddam

Inspired by The Who’s landmark concept album and featuring some of composer Pete Townsend’s most ambitious music, director Franc Roddam’s QUADROPHENIA is set against the backdrop of early 1960s England, where scooter-driving Mods and leather-clad Rockers clash for control of the beaches and juke joints. Phil Daniels stars as the rude boy struggling against Britain’s ultra-rigid class and education system, with support from Mark Wingett and Sting (in his acting debut).


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