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Anita and me

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Movie propaganda

Meena Kumar (Chandeep Uppal) is 12 years old and lives in the village of Tollington - "the jewel of the Black Country" - in 1972. She is the daughter of Indian parents who have come to England to give her a better life. Her idyllic adolescence, surrounded by eccentric relatives and friends, is disrupted by the arrival in Tollington of Anita Rutter (Anna Brewster) and her dysfunctional family. At 14 - blonde, aloof, beautiful, outrageous and sassy - Anita is everything Meena thinks she wants to be. Meena wheedles her way into Anita's life but the arrival of a baby brother, teenage hormones, impending entrance exams for the posh grammar school and a motorcycling rebel without a future, threaten to turn her salad days sour. Anita and me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, glam rock and Jackie magazine.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film 1970s Indian migrant UK England family friends comedy teen girl pop multicultural

Persons of interest

  • Kabir Bedi .... Yeti
  • Max Beesley .... Hairy Neddy
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar .... Mr Kumar
  • Anna Brewster .... Anita Rutter
  • Kathy Burke .... Mrs Rutter
  • Ayesha Dharker .... Mrs Kumar
  • Omid Djalili .... Uncle Amman
  • Alex Freeborn .... Sam Lowbridge
  • Lynn Redgrave .... Mrs Ormerod
  • Zohra Sehgal .... Nanima
  • Meera Syal .... Auntie Shaila
  • Christine Tremarco .... Sandy
  • Chandeep Uppal .... Meena Kumar
  • Meera Syal .... Author
  • Meera Syal .... Screenwriter
  • Metin Hüseyin .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes: Behind-the-scenes
    • Picture disc

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, low level violence, low level sex scene)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 1 May 2003
DVD rental: 24 September 2003
VHS rental: 24 September 2003

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