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Beautiful Thing

Director: Hettie Macdonald

Producers: Tony Garnett, Bill Shapter

Genre: Drama

Year: 1996

Running time: 90 minutes

Territory: International

Studio: Film4

Format: DCP

Cast: Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Glen Berry, Tameka Empson

Language options: Dialogue - EN

A long, hot summer in South London and Jamie Gangel is bunking off school more than usual, scurrying back to the TV and the flat in the vast Thamesmead estate where he lives with his mother Sandra. Next door lives Leah who’s been kicked out of school and spends her days listening to Mama Cass records. Also in the same block is Jamie’s classmate Ste, sporty and athletic, but who nevertheless receives regular beatings from his father and brother. One night, to escape the violence, Ste takes refuge in Sandra’s flat and sleeps head to toe with Jamie. As Sandra struggles with job promotion and her relationship with her hippy-dippy boyfriend Tony, Jamie and Ste gradually discover their affection for each other.


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