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391 Ratings

Beautiful Thing

Directed by Hettie Macdonald
United Kingdom, 1996
Comedy, Drama, Romance


A long hot summer on a south London council estate. Two teenagers, Jamie and Steve, confronted with rejection or violence, discover that they are attracted to each other. They will have to come to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out. From Jonathon Harvey’s play.

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Beautiful Thing Directed by Hettie Macdonald

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1996 | Directors' Fortnight

São Paulo International Film Festival

1996 | Honorable Mention: International Jury Award

European Film Awards

1996 | Nominee: Young European Film of the Year

Critics reviews

It’s clearly faked, but the rainbow that arcs over the sky in the shot behind the opening title card of Beautiful Thing resonates as one of the most encouraging movie images of the 1990s. Any viewers who saw Macdonald’s tender yet gratifyingly rough-edged coming-out film upon its release, or perhaps saw it at a fragile age in their lives, are unlikely to have forgotten its four vividly drawn central characters.
April 25, 2018
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It sticks, to the very end, with the co-ordinates of its real, concrete world: high-rise flats, streets, disgruntled neighbours, daily irritations. But it allows its characters to dream and, more than that, it lets their dreaming transform their world just a little, for a precious, frozen moment.
October 01, 1996
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