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.
...Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a young black professional, is at her mother’s funeral. She is crying. Maurice (Timothy Spall) is photographing a nervous young bride on her wedding day. His wife Monica (Phyllis Logan) is at home –...
Eddie Dyja was editor of BFI Film and Television from 1995 to 2005. He now works as a freelance writer and editor and has contributed to Rough Guide to Film and screenonline, and has compiled an online directory of films for children called Now Showing 3. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Source: Screen International/The StatsIf film production in the UK during the 1990s was the horse, then film distribution was the horseman. The increase in the number of UK films did not go hand in hand with a proportional increase...
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...
Real to Reel: A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction
...This chapter will focus on films for which individual psychology – seen in terms of how the past influences characters’ mental states and thus how they behave in the present – is a clear and predominant force. No matter how unclear the root...
...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...
Amy Sargeant is Reader in Film at the University of Warwick, UK. Her publications include British Cinema, British Historical Cinema and Adventures in Motion Pictures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...A king as dictator: Ian McKellen in Richard III (Richard Loncraine, 1995)Julian Barnes’ 1998 novel, England, England, describes a fictitious project to build a theme park simulacrum of the realm on the Isle of Wight. Market research...
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