Uplifting, sad, full of energy and nostalgia all at once, this really hit a spot with me. Probably because I remember those years vividly and would have been the same age as many of the protagonists at the time.
Costume and music are perfect, and whizzed me straight back to Leeds University’s Thursday Bop – the best night of the week.
But the sadness at the plight of so many people, and anger at the government, is also front and centre. It was good to be reminded of that too.
So many excellent performances, and while I’m sure many will pick out Bill Nighy, I’m going with Faye Marsay (unrecognisable from her role as Anne Neville in The White Queen) and Andrew Scott (so vulnerable and lost) as stand out turns.
Think Billy Elliot meets Brassed Off, and you get the tone of the film – then go and see it for yourself, and laugh and cry.