alr

High Hopes

Screening on Film
Directed by Mike Leigh.
With Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Dore.
UK, 1988, 35mm, color, 112 min.
Print source: HFA

One of the key works in the reemergent New British Cinema of the late 1980s, High Hopes effectively relaunched the filmmaking career of English independent filmmaker Mike Leigh (director of last year’s critically acclaimed Topsy Turvy), who had spent the better part of the previous decade working in tele-vision. With an improvisational air and a decidedly episodic structure, High Hopes presents a ground-level romp through Thatcher’s Britain as witnessed by the residents of a King’s Cross neighborhood in the throws of gentrification. Central to the shifting stories are Cyril, a motorcycle messenger, and his longtime companion Shirley—leftists in their mid-thirties whose qualms about the world around them have kept them from starting a family.

Part of program

Read more

Treasures from the Harvard Film Archive: E–I

Other programs with this film

Read more

Cinema A–Z: Treasures from the Harvard Film Archive

Current and upcoming programs

Read more

¡Rebeladas! Una aproximación al cine de mujeres en Latinoamérica

Read more

Discovering Georgian Cinema—The Silent Era

Read more

The Face of Time… Recent Films by Tsai Ming-liang

Read more

The Return of João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata

Read more

The African Desperate by Martine Syms

Read more

Do It Only If It Burns When You Don't. Anand Patwardhan’s Film Activism

Read more

American Drag: The Queen

Read more

Muff Dives: The Dyke Bar in Cinema

Read more

Melissa Anderson Presents Inland Empire