A good collection of short, mysterious and funny stories complimented by a medley of British actors and directors
By Rebecca Harrop
, 15 Jul 2004
I really enjoyed this. It?s a collection of short stories set on the London Underground that were inspired by a Time Out competition which asked people to write about what they saw/experienced on the tube. The result is unsurprisingly for anyone who has ever witnessed the ?weird and wonderful? oddness that goes on when you put a whole bunch of people, with all the peculiar difficulties and oddities of there own personalities and life?s, together for a short period of time in a confined space.
The stories are often odd, funny, magical, cheeky (Denise Van Outen in ?horny? especially!) and interesting and they also provide an eclectic mix of new and establishing British actors and directors. Actors include: Kelly Macdonald, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz, Hans Matheson, Denise Van Outen and directors: Bob Hoskins, Stephen Hopkins, Charles McDougall, Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Amy Jenkins.
Admittedly, it?s not a film, nor is a straightforward sit back and watch whilst eating potato chips and pizza (although actually it?s fairly good for that too!). It?s a great collection of stories which exaggerate and play upon the familiar themes and emotions we all often experience on the London Underground: - the closeness of strangers, the hustle, the odd people, the beautiful, so many lives trapped together in the same space, being alone in a crowd, being out of control and perhaps under some kind of influence!, the moment of calm it gives to a crazy day (after all, you have to remain still for at least one stop, in a metal tube there is no way to get off!), the crush, the ?heat?, the bewilderment and loss of direction, trying to ignore what?s going on around you etc. etc.
Some of these Tube Tales are remarkable ? like ?A bird in the hand?, some are not, but all are both entertaining on the surface level and quite moving and memorable at the heart.
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