Flaneur do you recall a play for today called Contact written by Alan Clarke?
About the Paras in bandit country in Ireland
Fucking ace and my brother who served with the Paras and did two tours in Crossmaglen reckons it’s as near to reality he’s seen
I can’t find it anywhere.
I do. It’s on Amazon;
I also remember a Falklands one where a soldier/Dad enquires if his son washes his little fella - strange memories.
Gah, link not showing up, search Amazon UK.
£10.99 on the BFI site; https://shop.bfi.org.uk/contact-dvd.html
Alan Clarke was easily one of the best directors we’ve ever had. Remarkable body of work in a relatively short space of time.
There’s some great Peter McDougal plays available for nowt. The best I reckon is…..
Natalie’s was better.
It was on BBC4 tonight. Wife watched it. ‘Do you like Demis Roussos?’
First time I’d ever seen it tonight. Steadman’s great at ramping up the claustrophobia.
It’s a piece of its time. 6/10 for this viewer.
I’ve never warmed to it. It’s the social awkwardness that sort of gets on my wick.
I Prefer Nuts in May.
I remember wondering when seeing it again in the 90s why the coach from Dream Team hadn’t aged much in 20 years.
Mike Leigh’s best work in my opinion is Naked then Life is Sweet followed by Secrets and Lies and High Hopes. He’s a master of getting incredible performances out of actors. He has helped elevated several domestic level actors to world level recognition.
Reggie_Perrin He’s big on improv - hence the naturalness of actors’ performances.
(*makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about. I don’t really).
Reggie_Perrin Like the Bielsa of the directing world?
Cooley yeah you need really good actors to pull it off. Shane Meadows does that too and it shows a bit more.
I recall my old mum letting me stay up to watch Play for Today.
Favourites were the Jack Rosenthal ones, thinking Spend Spend Spend and Barmitzah boy.