Dave Calhoun presents… Nil by Mouth

Dir. Gary Oldman. UK/France 1997. 2h 8m. Starring Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Laila Morse


Gary Oldman’s searing (and potty-mouthed) directorial debut took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 1997 and was ranked 21st on Time Out’s list of the best British films of all time.

Alcoholism and substance misuse abound as a working class family struggle to get by in South London.


“The film’s portrait of street life in South London is unflinching and observant.” ~ Roger Ebert

“A shockingly intimate portrait of entrapment that may leave you wincing. It’s Oldman’s Raging Bull.” ~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


This film has been selected by Dave Calhoun (see below). Unfortunately, he can’t make it along to his screening, so the film will be preceded by a pre-prepared introduction from Dave, which I’ll be reading out. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Davecalhoun Calhoun is Global film editor for the Time Out Group. He was previously Film editor for Time Out London, and before that Deputy editor of Dazed & Confused magazine. He has written for publications including The Guardian, The Times and Sight & Sound and broadcast on the BBC and Sky News. But he began writing about cinema as a student at Oxford University in the mid-1990s, where his first ever film-reviewing assignment was to cover the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny adventure ‘Space Jam’ for the Oxford Student newspaper.