Stow Film Lounge & Walthamstow International Film Festival @Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NH
SFL & WIIF present HIGH HOPES (Mike Leigh, 1988, Cert 15)
The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family.
In this early film, award-winning director Mike Leigh uses a loose, open-ended narrative structure to unsettle cinematic expectations and create a truly inventive and very honest film. High Hopes opens with the arrival of Wayne, a small-town lad in his twenties, in the London metropolis. Throughout, High Hopes' seemingly innocuous events turn out to be crucial incidents in the characters' lives. Cyril and Shirley pay a visit to Cyril's aging mother, Mrs. Bender, and meet her neighbours, the vapid Boothe-Braines. In a parallel story, we meet Cyril's high-strung sister, Valerie, who perpetually neglects her mother as she herself is neglected by her wandering husband, Martin. The remainder of the film explores the dull, unfulfilled lives of the middle class and the wasteful and purposeless lives of the upper-middle class (the Boothe-Braines), and Cyril and Shirley's struggle to decide if they should bring a child into this mess of a world. As with his other films, Leigh did not work from a script in filming High Hopes, relying instead on the actors' improvisations which contribute to the lyrical, open-ended quality of the narrative.
Doors open 7.30pm, Film 8pm, Close 10pm
Refreshments: licenced bar, popcorn and ice-creams will be available.
Tickets: £6/£5 concession (senior citizens, unwaged, students)
The venue is accessible.