This is one of Sue Bourne’s best-known films – a hugely successful and unusual exploration of the lives we lead today. Bourne had lived in her street for fifteen years yet she knew practically none of her neighbours. While she relished the anonymity this afforded her she was also nosy and wanted to find out what lay behind the other 115 doorways in her street. She began knocking on the doors and meeting her neighbours and this award-winning film is the story of what she found. From feckless Kiwi boozers to lonely old age pensioners. From the most unlikely millionaire to a Margaret Thatcher impersonator, the range of characters living in this one ordinary street was remarkable. But what made the film so memorable was that tragic story that lay at the heart of the film – the tragic story of young Adam, the loner no-one else seemed to know about who would eventually die alone in his room.
It was this story that made My Street have such a huge impact when it was first broadcast. And it was this story that made My Street linger in the memory for a long time afterwards.