Everyday

Everyday
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

A brood of kids sleepily go through the morning ritual of dressing, eating their cereal and cleaning their teeth before straggling out behind their exhausted mother for a lengthy succession of bus and train journeys. They’re visiting their dad in prison.

Filming in short bursts over five years, director Michael Winterbottom uses the repetition of daily life to show how an enforced separation affects a family. And because this is like an observational documentary rather than
a drama, there are no prison breakouts, sadistic screws or domestic violence. Shirley Henderson and John Simm are terrific as the parents, but the children, who we see gradually grow up in front of the camera, are real-life siblings and their natural performances accentuate the air of realism.

Henderson is exceptional but, though ultimately a rewarding story of survival and love, Everyday is emotionally draining.

About this programme

Drama telling the story of a woman taking her young kids to visit their father in prison over a period of five years. Shirley Henderson and John Simm star as the couple, with real-life brothers and sisters Stephanie, Robert, Shaun and Katrina Kirk as the children, who literally grow up throughout the course of the film. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ian
John Simm
Karen
Shirley Henderson
Stephanie
Stephanie Kirk
Robert
Robert Kirk
Shaun
Shaun Kirk
Katrina
Katrina Kirk

Crew

Director
Michael Winterbottom
Executive Producer
Andrew Eaton
Producer
Melissa Parmenter
Writer
Laurence Coriat
Writer
Michael Winterbottom
Categories
Drama

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