Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Apr 5, 2019
7:30pm

BLEAK, BUT NEVER BORING: LIFE ACCORDING TO MIKE LEIGH
Double Feature!
NAKED / MEANTIME
Presented with the support of British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.
35 mm!

NAKED
1993, Park Circus, 132 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

David Thewlis delivers a bravura performance as Johnny, a nicotine-addled, paranoid tramp who wanders the streets of Manchester and London haranguing strangers, searching for cheap sex and traumatizing the few loved ones from his past who still care about him. With its creative genesis arising from the cast’s improvisations, NAKED is a startling exploration of self-destructive toxic male vitriol tempered by Leigh’s consummate humanism. Winner of the 1993 Best Director and Best Actor prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. “This is a painful movie to watch. But it is also exhilarating, as all good movies are, because we are watching the director and actors venturing beyond any conventional idea of what a modern movie can be about.” - Roger Ebert


MEANTIME
1984, Janus Films, 102 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England is the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television. Unemployment is rampant in London’s working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public-housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh’s now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, MEANTIME is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.


Screening formats: 35mm (NAKED), DCP (MEANTIME)
Aero Theatre • Fri, Apr 5, 2019 • 7:30pm

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