The last of Mike Leigh's British television features to be released on home video in the US, 1983's MEANTIME is a bleak portrait of life in England after Thatcherism began to take hold, sucking the lifeblood out of the working class. While the thick accents (if ever a video needed to be
close captioned, this is the one) and references will make it a bit murky to American viewers, it is nevertheless one of Leigh's best works, a clear precursor to NAKED (1994).
The Pollack family--Frank (Jeff Robert), Mavis (Pam Ferris), and their sons Mark (Phil Daniels) and Colin (Tim Roth)--live in a rented apartment in a run-down building in London's East End. The men are all ...