Summary: The offbeat, underachieving denizens of a South
East London apartment building get an emotional wake-up call
when two of the neighbors two teen boys unexpectedly fall
in love. Beautiful Thing adapted from the play by Jonathan
Harvey features tender-hearted, kitchen sink realism from
Channel Four Films.
Description / Review:
A grim, gritty South London housing estate makes an unlikley
setting for a romantic fairy-tale, but Hetti MacDonald's gay
teenage love story all but brings it off. Adapted by screenwriter
Jonathan Harvey from his own stage play, Beautiful Thing tells
how teenage loner Jamie falls for next door neighbour Ste,
one of the tough kids who bullies him at school. Amazingly,
he finds his feelings reciprocated, and the two progress to
a tender, tentative affair. Sidestepping conventional notions
of working-class homophobia, the film succeeds in presenting
its central relationship not as anything startlingly different,
but simply as a teenage romance with all the joy and heartbreak
it implies that happens to be between two 15-year-old guys.
Problems of brutality and deprivation are acknowledged but
never allowed to dominate, and under the influence of love
even the harsh walkways and terraces of the estate take on
a sunlit glow.
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Categories: Gay Cinema
Time: 87 mins, Year: 1996
Price: Around £6 on Amazon.co.uk*
Scott Neal, Glen Berry, Tameka Empson, Linda Henry, Ben Daniels