Billie Piper has long established herself as one of this country’s more daring and unpredictable actors, so it’s no surprise that her striking first feature as writer-director embodies all of these qualities. The minefield of contemporary careers and relationships has rarely been depicted with such frankness, intimacy and originality. Piper’s single mum Mandy is chaotic, nihilistic and vulnerable. But so are her estranged parents (David Thewlis, Kerry Fox) and needy new partner (Leo Bill). The fallout from these ever-colliding characters is combustible – this is Piper’s scorched-earth exploration of self-worth in a time of reclaimed feminism and contentious politics. The results are both hilarious and grim, often at the same time, puncturing the oft-believed preconception that we can ‘have it all’.
Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.