Beautiful Thing

  • 15
  • Hettie MacDonald (1995)
  • UK
  • 87 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Two teenage neighbours on a London council estate discover they are gay in director Hettie MacDonald's urban fairy tale based on playwright Jonathan Harvey's West End stage success. How the boys deal with their sexual awakening is awkwardly, if endearingly, explored via a rough kitchen-sink backdrop, camp one-liners and a soundtrack leaning heavily on hits from Mama Cass (the late Mamas and Papas singer). Newcomers Glen Berry and Scott Neal give purposely raw-edged performances to match their on-screen naivety, but it's Linda Henry, making the most of the familiar sitcom moments, who shines as the indomitable single mother trying to understand her son coming out.

Plot Summary

Relationship drama starring Glen Berry and Linda Henry. Bullied teenager Jamie has little respite at home from his argumentative mother. Escape comes in the form of Mama Cass-loving neighbour Leah, and Ste Pearce, whom he has a crush on.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jamie Gangel
Glen Berry
Sandra Gangel
Linda Henry
Ste Pearce
Scott Neal
Tony
Ben Daniels
Leah
Tameka Empson
Miss Chauhan
Meera Syal
Mr Bennett
Martin Walsh
Ryan McBride
Steven Martin
Jayson
Andrew Fraser
Lenny
John Savage

Crew

Director
Hettie MacDonald

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Film Four Distributors
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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