Bleak Moments is a 1971 British film, the first film of Mike Leigh. It began as a 75-minute stage play in March 1970 at the Open Space Theatre. Leigh and Les Blair had formed their own company, Autumn Productions, and Leigh wanted to make a film of Bleak Moments. He was able to when Albert Finney and Michael Medwin's Memorial Films, who had recently made If.... and were about to produce Gumshoe, "delivered the main financial backing, as well as unused spare bits of film rolls."
Bleak Moments looks at the 'tortured, semi-articulated anguish' in suburban West Norwood, between Sylvia, and her developmentally delayed sister Hilda; Sylvia's friend at work, Pat; a teacher, Peter, Sylvia's reticent, prospective boy-friend; and Norman, a 'gormless hippie'.