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If there was a list of films that fans quote from, then Withnail and I would undoubtedly top it.

Now that this 1987 cult classic is being re-released, that phenomenon is sure to only grow. 

It’s a black comedy set in 1960s Camden, in London, that follows two “resting”, otherwise known as out of work, actors—Withnail (Richard E Grant) and I (Paul McGann). 

It’s not Camden in 2014, where Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies of today hang out.  

Instead, there are filthy Georgian flats on the brink of collapse and dive bars. 

The film revolves around the two drinking—a lot—and its slapstick hilarity.

It would be easy to dismiss it, but the film is profound and tragic. It poignantly ends with Withnail in the pouring rain quoting Hamlet’s “What piece of work is a man” speech as I leaves for a much awaited acting job. 

It presents with humour and precision the social anxiety and alienation that many young people face. 

Withnail and I, Arrow Films, 2014 rerelease, directed by Bruce Robinson. Out now


V is for Vaselines by The Vaselines. Rosary Music. Out now

The working class band from Glasgow have released their second studio album.

The Vaselines began playing in the late 1980s.

Many will know them from singer Kurt Cobain’s declaration that the Vaselines were his “favourite songwriters in the whole world”.


Cameron’s conference rap by Cassette Boy.

A youtube mix that pokes fun at David Cameron’s conference speech went viral last week.

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Tue 7 Oct 2014, 17:06 BST
Issue No. 2424
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