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All or Nothing (2002)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amy Raphael

Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967. She has worked on The Face, NME, Elle and Esquire and now freelances for the Guardian, the Observer and The Times. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995. She conducted the conversations and edited Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, which was published by Faber in 2008. She has also contributed to the The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and Perfect Pitch, a series of books about football. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

Book chapter

...Rachel (Alison Garland) works in an old people’s home. Her father Phil (Timothy Spall) is a minicab driver. He hears Ron (Paul Jesson), his co-worker and neighbour, lie to their boss: he accidentally backed his car into a post but pretends...

Editing

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Editing is the art of selection and combination. An editor combines shots and images in ways that illuminate character, suggest ideas, or stage conflicts. The editor also combines scenes into a coherent and unified narrative. S/he maintains...
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...Fabers’ Flat. Hall. Day. The door at the far end of the hall opens and Barbara comes out. She closes the door quietly behind her and hurries along the hall and into the drawing room. She is dressed and looks strained and tired, as though...

Political Criticism

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Politics derives from the Greek word polis or city, and it names the way governance is conducted and power exercised in communities. The most obvious kind of politics is the institutional life of governments. But there is also a more...

Japón, El crimen del padre Amaro, Nicotina, and El Misterio del Trinidad

Jason Wood

Jason Wood works for the Curzon Cinema organisation. He is the author of The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema and is also the editor of Nick Broomfield. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

Book chapter

...By the end of 2002 Mexico boasted the fifth-biggest international box office by admissions (154 million) and approximately three thousand screens, the largest number in Latin America. The total box office in Mexico had continued to rise (up...

Jim Jarmusch or Communication in Crisis

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow (honorary) at Goldsmith's College, University of London. His research interests focus on issues of representation and how they relate to the anthropological relation. He has published widely, having edited a collection of writings of Georges Bataille on surrealism (The Absence of Myth, Verso, 1991) and surrealism and the Caribbean (Refusal of the Shadow, Verso 1996), as well as writing the single authored books George Bataille (Routledge, 1994), The Experience of Culture (Sage, 2001) and Surrealism and Cinema (Berg, 2006). From 2004-7, he was Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Otherness in Hollywood Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Of all contemporary filmmakers, no one has addressed themes of otherness as frequently or in as sophisticated a manner as Jim Jarmusch. In Jarmusch’s films we are all strangers in a strange world, a world that is ‘stranger than paradise...

Making Music for Short Cuts

Projections 3 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

Book chapter

...21 August 1993Hydra, GreeceDear Walter and John,I've heard about Hydra from a number of people over the years - supposed to be a great place to relax. Brice Marden and Leonard Cohen have homes here (but they're not) and William Kunstler...

Introduction

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow (honorary) at Goldsmith's College, University of London. His research interests focus on issues of representation and how they relate to the anthropological relation. He has published widely, having edited a collection of writings of Georges Bataille on surrealism (The Absence of Myth, Verso, 1991) and surrealism and the Caribbean (Refusal of the Shadow, Verso 1996), as well as writing the single authored books George Bataille (Routledge, 1994), The Experience of Culture (Sage, 2001) and Surrealism and Cinema (Berg, 2006). From 2004-7, he was Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Otherness in Hollywood Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...During the course of the twentieth century, the United States became the dominant world power. Its dominance had political effects but it was essentially by means of economic and cultural factors that it established and maintained its...

On Tour with Orlando

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projections 3 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

Book chapter

...Sally Potter (photo by the Douglas Brothers) Introduction I first read Orlando as a teenager, round about the time I made my first 8mm film and fell in love with film-making. In 1984, shortly after my first visit to the USSR, I wrote...

The Perils of Producing

Projections 3 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

Book chapter

...I am trying to figure out what lesson one could learn from reviewing my journey with David Mamet as he was hired to write The Untouchables. Just remembering it has caused me such anxiety that the only conclusion I can draw is that it has...