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BFI Comedy Genius: Beautiful Thing
Coming off the back of her role in The Real McCoy, but not yet part of the Goodness Gracious Me team, Wolverhampton-born comedian Meera Syal takes a small role in this alternately sombre and witty coming-of-age drama from playwright Jonathan Harvey, a surprise hit in the 1990s.
Introspective Jamie (Glen Berry) is the son of Sandra (Linda Henry), a tough but warm-hearted barmaid who lives in a public housing block in South London. Living a few doors away is Jamie's classmate Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic type who often has to take a beating from his hard-drinking father and hard-headed brother. One night, Jamie and Sandra discover that Ste has been kicked out of the apartment and has nowhere to spend the night - Jamie lets him stay at his place, and a casual closeness eventually stirs sexual feelings.
Comedy Genius is a celebration of comedy on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery.