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Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet on dual format in September

9 August 2017

Mike Leigh’s third feature, which opened in 1990, remains one of the celebrated director’s most admired and affecting films. Life is Sweet depicts a summer in the life of a modern working-class family surviving in Thatcher’s Britain.

Andy (Jim Broadbent) is a professional chef and DIY enthusiast who buys a decrepit burger van. His wife Wendy (Alison Steadman) helps out with the launch of a Parisian-themed restaurant, The Regret Rien. One daughter, Nicola (Jane Horrocks), suffers from bulimia and is obsessed with men and Marxism, while the other, Natalie (Claire Skinner), is an apprentice plumber who dreams of escaping to America.

This hilarious yet tragic domestic portrait features a dazzling ensemble performance and remains a potent, true-to-life story.

Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet will be released as a UK dual format edition (Blu-ray & DVD) on 18 Septemer 2017 by the BFI at the RRP of £19.99.

This new Dual Format Edition will be launched with a screening at BFI Southbank (NFT1) followed by a Q&A with Mike Leigh, Alison Steadman and Jane Horrocks on 28 September.

Tickets are on sale now (selling fast):

Dual format special features:

  • A Running Jump (2012, 36 mins): a sports-infused comedy short starring Eddie Marsan, produced as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • An Interview with Jane Horrocks (2017, 14 mins): a newly filmed discussion with the acclaimed actress
  • Audio commentary with Mike Leigh
  • The Guardian Lecture: Mike Leigh in Conversation with Derek Malcolm (62 mins, audio only)
  • Original trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Illustrated booklet with new writing by Ashley Clark and Will Massa, an original review and full credits