Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Hettie MacDonald (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A tentative relationship develops between two very different gay teenagers - Jamie, a shy outsider living with his brassy single mother, and Ste, who is popular at school but regularly on the receiving end of violence from his father and brother at home. Coming-of-age drama, starring Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry, Meera Syal and Ben Daniels.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Hettie MacDonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film Four DistributorsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD