British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can. Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard Kelly
Party animal Tommy Callahan is definitely a few cans short of a six pack. But after seven years Tommy's finally earned his diploma - and a cushy job at Callahan Auto Parts. Returning home Tommy gets some more great news: his dad is marrying a real '10' and Tommy will get the stepbrother he always wanted. But as fast as you can say 'Who killed the keg?' the family business starts tanking. Now Tommy's got to hit the road with his dad's right-hand man a smug number-cruncher. And what
After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic Committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes the marathon men's diving and American track star Jesse Owens' sprint races at the 1936 Olympic Games. The production tends to glorify the young male body and some say expresses the Nazi attitude toward athletic prowess. Includes the lighting of the torch at the stadium and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Jesse Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.
Anita O'Day: The Life Of A Jazz Singer
BAFTA winner Wendy Craig stars with Richard Coleman, Robin Davies and Oscar winner David Parfitt in this highly popular sequel to Thames' hit sitcom And Mother Makes Three. Co-written by Wendy Craig and produced by sitcom veteran Peter Frazer-Jones, the series charts the ongoing tribulations of Sally Harrison - a well-meaning, deeply loving but scatterbrained mother of two rambunctious young sons, now sharing her life with second husband David Redway, an antiquarian bookseller, and stepdaugh...
The North West 200 has always been big but in 2002 it was bigger and better than ever. After the cancellation of last year's event competitors organisers and spectators alike were determined to make this year even more memorable. The build-up and anticipation were exceptional and ultimately justified as 130 000 fans lined the 8.9 mile circuit to see their heroes in action.Michael Rutter hoped to equal his father's tally of 11 race wins but a run of bad luck scuppered his chances. 'Flying Kiwi' Bruce Anstey had more luck: he achieved a dream debut and wrote his name in the history books as the first newcomer to win at the NW 200. But perhaps the highlight of the day was the supremely intense battle between Adrian Archibald and Iain Duffus in the Feature Superbike race. The pair were so close the clocks couldn't separate them and as they crossed the line they were neck and neck!These official highlights feature the best action from hotshots such as David Jefferies and Richard Britton John McGuinness and Jim Moodie and of course Ian Lougher who racked up a fistful of fastest laps.Rider interviews and background infor plus a superb commentary from Keith Heuwen add to this road racing spectacle. And best of all: specially filmed on-board shots put you right in the thick of the action around the 'Triangle'.This is the big picture the inside story the definitive record. So sit back and enjoy a concentrated blast of road racing in its purest scariest form!
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