Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Ireland/United Kingdom, 1994. BBC Films, Little Bird, Majestic Films International, Newcomm. Screenplay by Barry Devlin. Cinematography by Ashley Rowe. Produced by Jonathan Cavendish. Music by Julian Nott. Production Design by Jamie Leonard. Costume Design by Phoebe De Gaye. Film Editing by David Freeman.
Forgettable drama about a London busman (Albert Finney) in the 1960s whose shyness keeps him from finding any personal or sexual expression in his life. His love of the writings of Oscar Wilde leads him to attempt a production of Wilde’s Salome using passengers he meets on the job. Naturally, this doesn’t go over well with his friend (Michael Gambon) or sister (Brenda Fricker), nor do things get any easier when his sexuality is revealed through an unfortunate skirmish with the law. It’s a grimy little film, but Finney’s performance is worth seeing.