Nil by Mouth

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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.

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Duration: 124 mins

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Director: Gary Oldman
Screenwriter: Gary Oldman
Cast: Jon Morrison
Kathy Burke
Edna Doré
Ray Winstone
Laila Morse
Chrissie Cotterill
Charlie Creed-Miles
Jamie Forman

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Corey Coyle

This is one of the greatest british films ever made!!!!! It has a very disturbing scene of domestic violenece (just as disturbing as the violent beating in This is England). Ray Winstone gives his greatest performance since Scum. Absolutley brilliant!!!!!!!

Corey Coyle

This is one of the greatest british films ever made!!!!! It has a very disturbing scene of domestic violenece (just as disturbing as the violent beating in This is England). Ray Winstone gives his greatest performance since Scum. Absolutley brilliant!!!!!!!

Anaru Bickford

This is my favourite movie. It is gritty but gives you a fly on the wall look at a family and its relationships more powerful than any other movie I know. Its brilliant.

Anaru Bickford

This is my favourite movie. It is gritty but gives you a fly on the wall look at a family and its relationships more powerful than any other movie I know. Its brilliant.