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Pete Postlethwaite is one of those British actors who you'll know the face of, even if you don't know his name. He's been in lots of very good films: Amistad, The Usual Suspects, In the Name of the Father. He passed away today after battling with cancer for a long while.

The reason he means a lot to me, personally, though, is his performance in the film Brassed Off. Brassed Off was initially marketed as a RomCom. And, to be fair to the marketers, it probably starts out that way. But it's so much more than that. If you've ever wanted to know how it felt to be a Yorkshire person in the late eighties/early nineties, if you've ever wondered why I struggled so hard with voting for the coalition we're now in, and why my fear and hatred of a Tory government is as blood and bone deep as it is, you should watch this film. But take some tissues. Sure, it starts of with dry Yorkshire wit and giggling over the RomComness between Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald... But it gets less and less funny as it goes on. It's the raw wounds of a county and a community laid bare for all to see, and Postlethwaite is the centre and heart of the film.

Postlethwaite got more and more politically active as he got older. An environmentalist and a humanitarian, he used to turn up at film premieres on his pushbike. I admire his principles, and his commitment. But most of all, I admire his Danny in Brassed Off.

Rest in peace, Pete.





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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoniedelt
i are gutted.

RIP, pete. ♥

Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karohemd
:o(
64 is no age to go.
I truly wonder if all the gazillions that were spent on pointless wars and armament in recent decades had been spent on medical research, a cure for cancer (or at least more effective screening and treatment in early stages) would have been found by now.

Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] perlmonger
Another loss, too early :(

Coincidentally, we watched Brassed Off last Tuesday; it's still one of my favourite films ever.

Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shishmish
I heard about this when I saw it come up on Sky News whilst waiting for my train to Edinburgh. I couldn't believe it then and I can't believe it now.I won't be ashamed to admit I did have quiet sniffle to myself about it; he truly was an amazing actor.

Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bagfish
Absolutely gutted. I too will always remember him at his best in Brassed Off.

Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] muffin_nuffin
I love Brassed Off. It was very sad news to hear this morning...

Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] addyit
:-( darling man.

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