Sunday, 3 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 160: Fri June 8

Nil By Mouth (Oldman, 1997): Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, 7pm

The Museum of London Docklands has a cinema club screening on the first Friday of each month. This month's is Gary Oldman's harrowing directorial debut.

Time out review:
'The actor Gary Oldman's debut as writer/director is so uncompromisingly honest, it makes other portraits of working-class life look like sour caricature or misplaced idealism. Oldman grew up in south east London, the setting for this tale of macho violence, drunkenness, drug addiction and petty crime, and very clearly knows what he's talking about. He's helped, of course, by stunning performances from his entire cast, most notably Winstone as the volatile but self-pitying Ray, given to beating up his long-suffering wife (Burke) and threatening her irresponsible junkie brother (Creed-Miles). There's no sermonising or romanticising here, just a sad, clear-eyed acknowledgement that domestic abuse and crime create a vicious circle from which many barely even try to escape. Shot and scripted in a deceptively casual, bleakly 'realist' style, it's the closest Britain has produced to a Cassavetes film, and as such, profoundly humane.' Geoff Andrew

Here is the trailer.

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