I read the novel, The Mumper, by Mark Baxter and Paolo Hewitt, on its publication a few years back. It was an enjoyable, read, at times humorous, at others moving, telling the story of some South London print workers and their purchase of a race horse. It was set in the eighties and the grim realities of the unfolding post-industrial world hit home strongly, contrasted with the importance of good times, friendships and family bonds. It was all there. Privatization, the decline of trade union power, redundancies and tragedies that hit families when least expected.
The novel has now been given the big screen treatment. Outside Bet stars Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter, Rita Tushingham, Philip Davis - legends of British cinema in other words. Along with younger actors, such as Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners) and Calum MacNab (The Football Factory).
It's a film that looks very promising indeed and is being greeted with not a little excitement from those in the know. It's out on Friday. This is the trailer: