The More You Ignore Me
(2018) 98 mins
Director: Keith English
Writer: Jo Brand
Cinematography: Josep M Civit
Production Design: Stuart Hudson
Music: GarSon, Paul Saunderson
The More You Ignore Me is both a poignant and darkly funny coming-of-age story of dysfunctional family life in 1980’s rural England: Gina (Sheridan Smith) whose efforts to be a loving mother and wife are undermined by her declining mental health and her growing obsession with the local weatherman, and Alice (Ella Hunt) her daughter, who struggles to relate to her mum. Written by, and starring, Jo Brand – based on her critically acclaimed novel of the same name. With Sheila Hancock and Ricky Tomlinson.
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“There’s a terrific warmth and strength to this good-natured, big-hearted British comedy, written for the screen by Jo Brand, who has adapted her own 2009 novel. It is a bit rough around the edges at times, with some pretty broad dramatic effects, but the narrative motor keeps humming and the sheer force of sympathy drives it along.” The Guardian
“Combining bittersweet comedy with mental illness can’t be easy but Jo Brand, making her feature-film debut as a writer and drawing on her years as a psychiatric nurse, does an impressive job with The More You Ignore Me.” Daily Mail