Films To Watch Before You Die #99 - Nil By Mouth (1997)
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
D.J. Haza presents the penultimate entry in his series of films to watch before you die... Nil By Mouth, 1997. Directed by Gary Oldman. Starring Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles and Laila Morse. Nil By Mouth is the dark and gritty tale of a family living on a London council estate and explores working class life as well as drugs, drink, domestic abuse and family. Despite its poor box office performance, the film won several awards and is recognised as an outstanding and unflinching look at life on the mean streets of London. The film follows the story of pregnant Valerie (Burke) and her abusive husband Raymond (Winstone) as their relationship hits upon rocky patches and family complications. Raymond is a social drug user and heavy drinker living in a small flat with Valerie and her young daughter. Raymond offers Valerie’s younger brother Billy (Creed-Miles) drugs on a booze fuelled night out and when continuing their night back at the flat Billy steals the drugs.
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