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Costuming Choices

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Nearly everything written about Mike Leigh’s films addresses their realism in one way or another, and much that has been written categorizes them as documentary-like using such terms as ‘kitchen sink’ realism, ‘social’ realism, ‘council...

‘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...

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...

Melodrama and Tradition in Vera Drake and Another Year

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Part-way through Mike Leigh’s 2004 film, Vera Drake, the director reveals the film’s namesake’s guilty secret. Vera (Imelda Staunton) is an illegal abortionist, and is seen visiting a young pregnant girl to perform an operation. The scene...

The Grotesque State of the Nation

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...In his essay ‘Subcultural Conflict and Working Class Community’, Phil Cohen composes a telling formula for understanding the plurality and persistence of youth subcultures. He writes, ‘it seems to me that the latent function of subculture...
...Catherine Breillat's powerful portrayals of heterosexual sex and female desire have earned her a prominent place in the group of directors that have come to be known as the “new French extremists.”James Quandt. “Flesh & Blood: Sex...

Boys Don't Get Raped

Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Kimberly Peirce's 1999 film Boys Don't Cry (US) chronicles the last few weeks in the short life of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena, a teenager from Nebraska who was born female; who, for these weeks and at other points in his life, lived...