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Gabriel and Me: An angel of mercy

by Helen Towers
Issue No. 1776

The new film Gabriel and Me is set in Newcastle against the backdrop of derelict shipyards. The story revolves around Jimmy Spud and his family. Jimmy's ambition is to become an angel to 'save people from the intolerable burdens society places on their shoulders'.

This is a quote he has picked up from his left wing granddad. Jimmy's dad is overflowing with anger at his recent redundancy and his terminal cancer. He has trouble relating to his son. Jimmy wants a violin, so his dad buys him a football strip. Jimmy wants to watch a documentary on the Nazis. His dad wants to watch Blind Date.

Jimmy wants to be an angel. His dad thinks he must be gay. The story focuses on Jimmy's ambition to be an angel, his relationship with his father, and how they come together.

Lee Hall wrote Gabriel and Me and is also the author of the highly successful film Billy Elliot. This film tackles similar issues to Billy Elliot, such as poverty, male relationships and sexuality. This is a brilliant film-go out and see it.

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Sat 24 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1776
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