This certainly has all the hallmarks of the British 'kitchen sink' movement: a monochrome palette, handheld camerawork and an angry, disillusioned young man living in the wet cobbled alleys and ginnels of Northern England.
Loneliness is a fairly straight forward coming-of-age tale, especially to those familiar with the trappings of the genre. Unlike Albert Finney's charismatic rebel in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) is a reserved, laconic young man who does not cut a very interesting character.
The narrative is similarly routine; it doesn't capture the sense of community that Saturday Night did, it doesn't capture the zeitgeist that, in hindsight, is so important to the kitchen sink drama.
Then there's the ending, which is typically downbeat…