Meantime Meantime


Mike Leigh

Meantime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

15 Aug 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1984
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #890

A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s Meantime is the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television. Unemployment is rampant in London’s working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public-housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh’s now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, Meantime is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.


DirectorMike Leigh
Produced byGraham Benson
Director of photographyRoger Pratt
EditorLesley Walker
Art directorDiana Charnley
Sound recordistMalcolm Hirst
Music composed byAndrew Dickson
Music played byAndrew Dickson and George Khan
Costumes byLindy Hemming
Makeup artistSandra Shepherd

Disc Features


  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of pho­­tog­­raphy Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncom­pressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker
  • New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael
  • Interview from 2007 with actor Tim Roth
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O’Sullivan

Other Editions

Meantime (Criterion DVD)

15 Aug 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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