East Is East Brassed Off Purely Belter

  |  Buy to Own: 30/09/2002
  |  289 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A British, light-comedy trilogy. 'East is East' is set in Salford, 1971, and Pakistani chip shop owner George Khan (Om Puri) lives with his white wife Ella (Linda Bassett) and their seven children. George wants to raise his children as devout Muslims, but things go wrong when his eldest son Nazir (Ian Aspinall) flees his arranged marriage midway through the ceremony. Undeterred, George plans a marriage for his son Tariq (Jimi Mistry), but when Tariq discovers what is happening he rebels against his father, and the future of the family is plunged into doubt. Whilst 'Brassed Off' is set in North Yorkshire, 1992. A local colliery band, led by Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), prepare for a national competition, despite the fact that they are faced with redundancy if their pit closes. Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald), the daughter of a former band leader, returns to the band and raises their spirits, beginning a relationship with one of their younger members (Ewan McGregor). Whilst 'Purely Belter' football fans Sewell (Greg McLane) and Gerry (Chris Beattie) dream of getting season tickets for Newcastle United, but with the former unemployed and the latter playing truant from school they are unlikely to be able to stump up the £1000 required. The friends try forswearing drink and drugs in an attempt to save the cash, only to have their funds stolen by Gerry's violent father (Tim Healy). The pair's attempts to raise the money then become increasingly desperate, but a solution is on hand from the most unexpected of sources.