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Directed by Mike Leigh
Produced by Graham Benson
Written by Mike Leigh
Starring Tim Roth,
Phil Daniels,
Gary Oldman
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Editing by Lesley Walker
Release date(s) 1983
Running time 112 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Meantime is a 1983 film directed by Mike Leigh, produced by Central Television for Channel 4.

The film details the travails of a working-class family in London, struggling to stay afloat during the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's premiership. Only the mother Mavis (Pam Ferris) is working; father Frank (Jeff Robert) and the couple's two sons Colin (Tim Roth), a timid, chronically shy individual, and Mark (Phil Daniels), an outspoken, headstrong young man, are on the dole. This situation is contrasted by the presence of Mavis's sister Barbara (Marion Bailey), and her husband John (Alfred Molina), whose financial and social loftiness appears to be a comfortable facade over the unspoken soreness of a lacklustre marriage. Gary Oldman makes his film debut as the quirky skinhead Coxy.


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