Beautiful Thing


1h 30m 1996

Brief Synopsis

This urban fairytale and a story of sexual awakening is set in the close-knit, working class community of the Thamesmead Estate, where there are no secrets and no opportunities for privacy, and where the next door neighbor is likely to be a cheeky young woman who loudly plays albums by the Mamas and

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Clein & White Public Relations; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Pebbles; World Productions
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cinemien; Cooperative Nouveau Cinema (Cnc); Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Focus Features; Lucky Red; Mfa Filmdistribution Gmbh; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

This urban fairytale and a story of sexual awakening is set in the close-knit, working class community of the Thamesmead Estate, where there are no secrets and no opportunities for privacy, and where the next door neighbor is likely to be a cheeky young woman who loudly plays albums by the Mamas and the Papas while growing increasingly obsessed with Mama Cass. Here the focus is on Sandra and her teenage son, Jamie. Sandra works as manager of a local pub, hoping to one day own a place of her own. Jamie, in the meantime, is the kind of student who hates athletics and is victimized by his peers. Jamie's neighbor at Thamesmead, Ste, is a popular jock at the school, but Ste has his own problems at home. One night, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie's flat, where the two boys share a bed, and the foundation for first love is set.

Crew

Jim Allan

Location Manager

Eleanor Appleby

Wardrobe Assistant

Jedd Aukin

Floor Runner

Jim Beeby

Gaffer

Danielle Brandon

Production Coordinator

Billy Brooks

Best Boy

John Chandler

2nd Unit Boom Operator (2nd Unit)

Paul Chedlow

Unit Photographer

Charlotte Coleman

Wardrobe Mistress

Sam Dundas

Location Assistant

Don Fairservice

Editor

Gilly Filford

Make-Up Assistant

Fleur Fontaine

Production Assistant

Tony Garnett

Producer

Victoria Goodall

3rd Assistant Director

Jonathan Harvey

Screenwriter

Jonathan Harvey

Play As Source Material

John Haylen

Gaffer

John Heald

Location Assistant

Jane Henwood

Art Department Assistant

Jeremy Hiles

Other

Skip Howard

Other

Alex Howe

Other

James Imber

2nd Assistant Director

Elisa Johnson

Makeup Designer

Dean Kennedy

Best Boy

Paul Le Mare

2nd Unit Sound Mixer (2nd Unit)

Susanna Lenton

Script Supervisor

Susie Liggat

1st Assistant Director

Nigel Marchant

Floor Runner

Andy Marr

Standby Props

Andy Marr

Dressing

Richard Mcneill

Assistant Accountant

Oona Menges

Other

John Midgley

Sound Mixer

Anya Noakes

Unit Publicist

Nick O'hagan

Production Supervisor

Tom Pleydell-pearce

Dressing; Standby Props

Mike Power

Property Master

June Prinz

Boom Operator

Andy Pryor

Casting

Nigel Salter

Props Hand

Chris Seager

Director Of Photography

Kim Seber

Other

Mark Sell

Location Assistant

Bill Shapter

Producer

Adrian Smith

Steadicam Operator

Barry Smith

Location Manager

Chrysoula Sofitsi

Art Director

Gail Stevens

Casting

Mark Stevenson

Production Designer

Colin Strachan

Grip

Howard Sykes

Location Assistant

Pam Tait

Costume Designer

Harry Teacher

Production Runner

Alf Tramontin

Steadicam Operator

Paul Van Der Weele

Production Accountant

Sara Wan

Production

Sarah Wan

Production Buyer

John Whickman

Electrician

Alison Wratten

Art Director

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Clein & White Public Relations; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Pebbles; World Productions
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cinemien; Cooperative Nouveau Cinema (Cnc); Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Focus Features; Lucky Red; Mfa Filmdistribution Gmbh; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 9, 1996

Released in United States October 18, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 1, 1996

Released in United States on Video May 20, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1996

Released in United States September 1996

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Centerpiece) March 21 - April 4, 1996.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 1996.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 16-26, 1996.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Feature directorial debut for Hettie Macdonald.

Expanded release in United Kingdom June 21, 1996.

Released in United States Fall October 9, 1996

Released in United States October 18, 1996 (San Francisco and Chicago)

Expanded Release in United States November 1, 1996

Released in United States on Video May 20, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Centerpiece) March 21 - April 4, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 30 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States February 1996 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 16-26, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)