As a former employee of the Electricity company during it's transition from a nationalized industry to a privatized one, i can fully relate to the whole series of events in this movie. It was perfectly acted, from the initial briefing at the start with lots of banter, to the frustration caused by the continuation of changes and expectation of obligations under constantly differing terms and conditions. I myself have found myself being given odd jobs around a dying depot. Having my duties being transfered from me to unskilled others in the name of cost. What results is a lack of foresight, and a cut in the safety procedures that have stood firm for many a decade. This movie exposes everything that is wrong with the privatization of nationalized industries. Watching it, i was brought back to those damp days standing around with my hands in my pockets while management continue to scratch around finding me endless menial jobs of which i had no knowledge. I was Gerry. Maybe not playing chess by myself, but using my days to work on my car and sitting at my desk, reading magazines and books all day. Depressing, this movie is, that how these things are, for people that just want to do their daily graft with colleagues they know and trust, in an environment they are familiar with. Change is implemented too lightly. But more importantly, life as a labourer has lost it's British unity nowadays, where each day you are forced to work unrealistic hours with people, alot from foreign countries, with whom the enjoyment of your day is hindered. This movie touched me personally.