My DVDs have arrived 🙂 I spent some of my birthday present money on some favourite films, but don’t you just hate the cellophane wrapping that’s impossible to remove with a sharp implement?
These are all British comedies, well yes there are some very funny scenes, but they are dramas & tear jerkers too, or perhaps that’s just me. They are like comfort blankets, to be watched when I really need to chill & relax with something non-threatening & familiar. All three films have a similar subject, all based in Northern England towards the end of the last century (& I’m talking about 2000) when industry was in decline & unemployment high.
Speaking of unemployment, it’s a sad day today as music retailer HMV have called in the receivers after trading for nearly 92 years placing more than 4,000 jobs at risk. Everyone is shocked by this, especially people of my age or older as we all went to HMV for our vinyll records, casette tapes & then videos. However price wins out & consumers have turned to the internet for better prices & convenience – I’m guilty, as these three DVDs were all bought from Amazon.
Brassed Off is set in a small mining town nearly 10 years after the miners strike when more & more collieries were closing. Due to miners losing their jobs with little chance of finding other employment, the lack of disposable income forced other shops & businesses in the town to close. The colliery brass band continued, but for how long? This film was actually released before The Full Monty, but wasn’t any where near as successful, but it’s incredibly well made with some outstanding performances & you don’t need to like brass band music to enjoy it.
The Full Monty is based in Sheffield, city of steel, when the steel works were closing down. Again, there’s high unemployment & no jobs. Inspired by the male Chippendale Dancers, a desperate unemployed steel-worker tries to persuade some of his butch pals to form their own striptease act. This film is funny & has a great soundtrack – no-one who’s seen it can listen to Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’ without dancing ever again!
For Billy Elliot, we return to a mining community in County Durham, this time during the miners strike of 1984. Billy’s mum is dead & he lives with his senile grandmother, father & elder brother who are both tough miners. One day during his boxing class, Billy is fascinated by the girls ballet class next door…. With an excellent soundtrack, this film is unforgettable.