The success of Mike Leigh's NAKED prompted the 1994 release on US home video of most of his BBC-TV films dating from 1973-84. HOME SWEET HOME, one of the best of these, is a typical attempt to document the lives of ordinary, working-class Britons. Originally aired in Britain in 1982, the
film is an advanced example of Leigh's well-known improvisational, actor-based approach to filmmaking.
HOME SWEET HOME revolves around three middle-aged postmen: surly alcoholic Gordon (Timothy Spall), dimwitted jokester Harold (Tim Barker), and bitter loner Stan (Eric Richard). Gordon's wife, June (ebullient Su Elliot), flirts with Stan, whose wife long ago abandoned him and...