All or Nothing

“Vintage Leigh; blooming
from the banal into a
stuff-of-life fable that’s
wise, witty and profound.”
— Xan Brooks, The Guardian
Director: Mike Leigh
Year: 2002
Country: UK
Running time: 128 mins
United Kingdom/France

Production co: Thin Man Films
Producers: Simon Channing Williams, Alain Sarde
Screenplay: Mike Leigh
Photography: Dick Pope
Editor: Lesley Walker
Production designer: Eve Stewart
Costume designer: Jacqueline Durran
Sound: Malcolm Hirst
Music: Andrew Dickson

Cast
Phil: Timothy Spall
Penny: Lesley Manville
Rachel: Alison Garland
Rory: James Corden
Maureen: Ruth Sheen
Carol: Marion Bailey
Ron: Paul Jesson
Cecile: Kathryn Hunter
Samantha: Sally Hawkins
Donna: Helen Coker
Jason: Daniel Mays
Craig: Ben Crompton
Dr Griffiths: Robert Wilfort

Festivals: Cannes (In Competition), Edinburgh, Toronto, San Sebastian 2002
Mike Leigh returns to Secrets and Lies terrain, investing family life in a South London housing estate with his signature blend of harsh reality, pungent humour and emotional resilience. In a career-defining role, Leigh regular Timothy Spall plays Phil, a London minicab driver more responsive to provocative passengers than to his severely disillusioned wife and their loutish, disturbingly overweight son. Leigh locates this unhappy family firmly within the context of workmates and neighbours, creating a welcome relief from their emotional blockage in the super-sane woman next door, Maureen, played by Ruth Sheen with a sardonic quip for every occasion – and a quiet flair for karaoke. The dramatic impetus is towards reconciliation; as the focus intensifies on a marriage in serious need of refreshment, Spall and actress Lesley Manville prove devastatingly effective. “A beautiful balancing act… truthful, perceptive and finally very .” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out.

“Vintage Leigh; blooming from the banal into a stuff-of-life fable that’s wise, witty and profound.” — Xan Brooks, The Guardian