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All or Nothing

Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Bryan Cardinale-Powell is Visiting Professor of Moving Image Arts at Oklahoma City University, US. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Derek Malcolm, ‘Mike Leigh at the NFT’, Guardian Unlimited, 7 October (2002), http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,6737,809562,00.html.Hitchcock famously said that the kind of woman who spends all day washing up and doing...

Introduction

Marc DiPaolo

Marc DiPaolo is Assistant Professor of English and Film at Oklahoma City University, US. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Renowned for making films that are at once sly domestic satires and heartbreaking ‘social realist’ dramas, British writer-director Mike Leigh confronts his viewers with an un-romanticized dramatization of modern-day society in the hopes...

‘I Spy’

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...During the Britpop era of the 1990s, the name of Mike Leigh was invoked regularly both by musicians and the journalists who wrote about them. To compare a band or a record to Mike Leigh was to use a form of cultural shorthand...

Transgression and Transcendence

William Verrone

William Verrone is Assistant Professor of Film and Literature at the University of North Alabama. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from Disney to Nick Cave and from Terry Gilliam to Ken Russell. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Mike Leigh’s films and the characters who populate them have often been described as bleak, dreary, and even miserable, which may be true to a certain extent. But the films, as demonstrated through the rich and realistic characterization...

‘Taking the Temperature’

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...From his earliest television plays to his most recent film, Another Year (2010), Mike Leigh has consistently directed work that is steeped in cultural observation and comment. David Walsh describes the director as someone who ‘has stood out...

Class, Loss and Space

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Introduction Secrets & Lies (1996), perhaps the most well-known of Mike Leigh’s films, won the Palme D’or (Best Picture) and Best Actress (Brenda Blethyn) awards in 1996 and became Leigh’s most commercially successful film to date (Watson...

Devising and Directing

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Introduction Mike Leigh’s films appear to have some constants associated with them. These include complex characters and strong performances by his actors; characters and situations that focus on the ordinary in everyday British life...

‘Those Days Are Over’

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Mike Leigh has described his own ‘general tendency or instinct’, when creating a new film, ‘to dish up something that’s different to what went before.’Amy Raphael, ed., Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. London: Faber and Faber, 2008, 226....

Cultural Stillbirth

Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Bryan Cardinale-Powell is Visiting Professor of Moving Image Arts at Oklahoma City University, US. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Modestly budgeted feature films like Vera Drake (2004) often rely on the ‘free publicity’ of newspaper reviews and word-of-mouth to bolster audience attendance.According to Variety, the estimated production budget for Vera Drake...

The Uniqueness of Ordinary Lives

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Before Mike Leigh directed films for widespread release and critical recognition like Naked and Secrets & Lies, he spent years directing striking, low-budget films for the BBC. The subtlety and uniqueness of these films have never been...