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Beautiful Thing Details


In this alternately somber and witty coming-of-age drama, a pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become aware of their homosexuality. 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 a rough-and-tumble section of 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. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses, and once Jamie and Ste decide that they're attracted to each other, neither is sure just what to do. Tony (Ben Daniels), Sandra's boyfriend, doesn't know what to think about Jamie's new lifestyle. Meanwhile, Jamie and Ste are themselves a bit puzzled by their neighbor Leah (Tameka Empson), a teenager obsessed with the life and music of Mama Cass Elliott. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 9, 1996


Jeillo Edwards
as Rose
Scott Neal
as Ste Pearce
Ben Daniels
as Tony
Ozdemir Mamodeally
as Slasher
Tameka Empson
as Leah
Anna Karen
as Marlene
Beth Goddard
as Brewery Official
Marlene Sidaway
as Betty
Liane Ware
as Claire
Catherine Sanderson
as Kelly
Dave Lynn
as Drag Performer
Martin Walsh
as Mr Bennett
Terry Duggan
as Kevin
John Benfield
as Rodney Barr
Davyd Harries
as Brewery Official
John Savage
as Lenny
Meera Syal
as Miss Chauhan
Garry Cooper
as Ronnie Pearce
Steven M. Martin
as Ryan McBride
Sophie Stanton
as Louise


Hettie MacDonald
Tony Garnett
Bill Shapter
Chris Seager
Don Fairservice
Chrysoula Sofitsi
Art Director
Pam Tait
Costume Designer
John Midgley
Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Goodall
First Assistant Director
Susie Liggat
First Assistant Director
James Imber
First Assistant Director
Andy Pryor
Gail Stevens
Elisa Johnson
Adrian Smith
Steadicam Operator
Wayne Brooks
Sound Editor
Alf Tramontin
Steadicam Operator
John Haylen
Ken Marples
Construction Coordinator
Anya Noakes
Unit Publicist
Kevin Brazier
Sound Editor
Gabe Cronnelly
Stunts Coordinator
David Cronnelly
Stunts Coordinator
Guy Rutter
Scenic Artist
Greg Mason