A long and hot summer in South London. Jamie Gangel is kunking off school scurrying back to the TV and the flat in the vast Thamesmead estate where he lives with his mother Sandra. Next door lives Leah who has been kicked out of school and spends her days listening to Mama Cass records. Also in the same block is Jamie’s classmate Ste, sporty and athletic, but who nevertheless receives regular beating from his father and brother. One night, to escape the violence, Ste takes refuge in Sandra’s flat and sleeps head to toe with Jamie. As Sandra struggles with job promotion and her relationship with her hippy-dippy boyfriend Tony, Jamie and Ste gradually discover their affection for each other…
She studied english at the university of Bristol and attended theater classes. She was at the Albery Theater in the play The Normal Heart. At the age of 24, she was the yougest woman who directed a play in the West End. In 1991, she headed the Wosley Theater of Ipswich; she directed plays such as The Slicing Edge, Road, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Beautiful Thing is her first movie.
Jonathan Harvey, d’après sa pièce
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