Anita & Me, BBC2, Fri­day, 12am.


Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Television -

There are plenty of big movies on this week which could have slot­ted per­fectly into this col­umn, but some­times it’s those lit­tle movies made for next to no cash that linger long­est in the mind.

Such is the case with Anita&Me, a mi­cro-bud­get, com­ing-of-age com­edy.

Metin Husseyin’s nos­tal­gic rites-of­pas­sage of­fer­ing, based on the best-sell­ing novel by Meera Syal, traces the for­tunes of two teenagers re­belling against their par­ents and ex­pec­ta­tions.

Meena (Chan­deep Up­pal) lives with her par­ents in the ex­otic sur­round­ings of a ru­ral English vil­lage dur­ing the 1970s, and is torn be­tween her fam­ily’s Pun­jabi tra­di­tions, and the es­cape of rock ‘n’ roll.

Trou­ble rides into town in the shapely form of tear­away teenage temptress Anita (Anna Brew­ster), who loves to tease the boys and to thieve from the lo­cal sweet shop.

“That was a re­ally happy film ac­tu­ally, a real labour of love,” ex­plained Meera, dur­ing a re­cent bout of pub­lic­ity for the Broad­church: se­ries two DVD.

“None of us got paid and it was one of those things that took a long time to get on, but I’m so glad we per­se­vered, and the rea­son we got such an amaz­ing cast, Kathy Burke and Mark Wil­liams and the late, won­der­ful Lynn Red­grave, was just be­cause they all loved the book. I felt re­ally lucky to have got that off the ground.”

If this leaves you hun­gry for more, the good news is there’s a stage ver­sion at Birm­ing­ham Rep open­ing in the au­tumn.

Mak­ing a note: Chan­deep Up­pal stars.

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