When Babs (Jackson, uncharacteristically warm), manageress of a Liverpool fashion store, confronts the area manager (Eamon Boland) about his indecent advances towards one of her staff, she is promptly sacked. The incident exacerbates existing friction at home between her unemployed ex-shop steward husband (Thaw) and her left-wing son (McGann), who quarrel over tactics for fighting her unfair dismissal.
An accomplished first feature, this is no strident feminist sermon, the main theme being Babs’ awakening to an untapped inner strength and confidence. Barrett’s unsensational approach, offset by the raw indignation piercingly communicated by a superb cast, puts sexual intimidation powerfully in perspective as part of what is, for many, a broader everyday campaign.
Business as Usual is a 1987 drama film written and directed by Lezli-An Barrett. It stars Buki Armstrong, Simon Barratt, Eamon Boland, Eithne Browne, Michelle Byatt, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Duffy and Joanne Ellis. Business as Usual won the Grand Prix at the 1988 Créteil International Women’s Film Festival.
Business As Usual (1988)
Directed by: Lezli-An Barrett
Starring: Buki Armstrong, Simon Barratt, Eamon Boland, Eithne Browne, Michelle Byatt, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Duffy, Joanne Ellis
Screenplay by: Lezli-An Barrett
Production Design by: Hildegard Bechtler
Cinematography by: Ernest Vincze
Film Editing by: Henry Richardson
Costume Design by: Monica Howe
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: October 21, 1988