Nasty Neighbours

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Time Out says

Playwright, stage director and actress Isitt makes her film directing debut with this adaptation of one of her own plays, a tragi-comic tale of jealousy, resentment and rancour in a quiet Middle England cul-de-sac. Tomlinson is magnificent as Mr Peach, both a curtain twitching busybody and a figure of tragedy, crushed by his failure to meet his wife's expectations. Initial distrust of his new neighbours, the brash, abrasive Chapmans (Daniels and Fielding) soon escalates into warfare when, increasingly frustrated and irrational in the face of a failing career and the threat of bankruptcy, Peach begins to hold them personally responsible for everything that's wrong with his life, mounting a one-man vigilante mission to spy on them at all hours. Isitt has an eye for absurdity and an ear for understated comic dialogue, while the actors turn in sound, believable performances. With its curious blend of straight drama and improvised mockumentary (reminiscent of TV's Neighbours at War), the film provides a footnote to television's current fascination with 'real-life' docu-drama. Neither spoof documentary nor conventional drama, however, the film can't quite decide what it wants to be, and the result is somewhat bewildering.
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Release details

UK release:

2000

Duration:

88 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Debbie Isitt

Cast:

Dawn Butler, Hywel Bennett, Rachel Fielding, Phil Daniels, Marion Bailey, Ricky Tomlinson, Debbie Isitt

Music:

Jocelyn Pook

Production Designer:

Tim Streater

Editor:

Nicky Ager

Cinematography:

Sam McCurdy, Simon Reeves

Screenwriter:

Debbie Isitt

Producer:

Christine Alderson

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