"Why did you do it Ray?"
"I do it.. I did it because I love you"
These words will make you feel both empathy and repugnance by the end of it.
Gary Oldman wrote and directed this film to reflect his own experiences, having grown up raised by a single mother in the council estates of South London.
A bleak but human world of poverty, drug abuse, insecurity, domestic violence, claustrophobic living, and desperation.
I highly rate this film because of it’s extraordinary accuracy to my own (relatively limited) experiences and insights into the domestic hell of the underclass, but some people say they find it too ‘grim’ or ‘painful’ to enjoy.
This is the underclass I know - not the one marked by mafia-style gangsterism, sadism and excess that is so often portrayed in film.
Clarke and Dawe - Welcome to Contemporary Australia
I’ll Make a Mann Out of You
BHP Steel works, NSW, Australia
Undated, but c. 1910s-1920s
A rare amount of detail for a photo from this period (high-res image)
Colliery Officials, Lambton Colliery, Lambton, NSW, 27 May 1897
The book Lambton 1862-1872: Glimpes into life in a colliery township by G R Hubbuck, contains information listing the people in this image as:
Mr James, Albin Short, Frank Croudace, William Short, Mr McGee, Mr, Thomas Brown
Rex Stokes, Nicholas Leybourne, Charles Noble
Although hard to see in the photo, Charles is missing an arm, having lost it at the age of 17 when it got caught in between two coal trains while he was uncoupling them.
Jalainur Coal Mine