Directed by Alan Clarke • 1987 • United Kingdom
Starring Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan
Andrea Dunbar adapted her own slice-of-life stage play for this rare foray into comedy from social-realist director Alan Clarke. Life in their drab Yorkshire city holds no surprises for working-class teenagers Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes). They regularly babysit for Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp), a couple whose posh lifestyle offers a striking contrast to their own. Impressed by Bob’s flashy car and worldly ways, the girls are smooth-talked into a ménage à trois that reveals simultaneously amusing and cutting insights into sex, class, and the social fabric of Thatcher’s Britain.