It’s a well-worn story: the middle-aged man, running on empty, trades everything in for a second shot at life before it’s too late.
For men in particular, there is a glut of stereotypes of what mid-life is supposed to look and feel like. There’s the image of the much younger wife and faster sports car, for starters. But what lies beneath these caricatures - a newfound freedom or a struggle to cope? Just recently The Telegraph (UK) reported that middle-aged men are ‘least happy with life.’
Set against these social stereotypes and the cult of youth, The Middle Men reveals the emotional and physical worlds of eight middle-aged men living and working in England.
The Middle Men explores the concept of ‘middle age’ and how 8 men experience it. Each confronts life’s circumstances on their own terms. There is a recovery from addiction, the search for a new career, a commitment to marriage, a recently broken home, a new business venture, an episode of depression, a return to bachelorhood and a recently found peace which had always seemed elusive.
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King of Funk
Mark Ratcliff and Adam Whitaker
Sophie Sirota (Viola), Lucy Wilkins (Violin), and Sarah Wilson (Cello)
Nick Guy of Meta Films
Directors Cut Films
Music Mixed at Cowshed Studios by Joe Leach