Mike Leigh

Collected interviews with the British filmmaker of High Hopes, Life Is Sweet, and Secrets and Lies

Mike Leigh

Author: Mike Leigh

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578060689

Page: 138

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Collected interviews with the British filmmaker of High Hopes, Life Is Sweet, and Secrets and Lies

The World According to Mike Leigh

Leah was one of five children ; her youngest brother , Israel , ' Uncle Izzy ' , a
bachelor and a surgeon , became Mike ' s ... and Punch magazines to Mike on a
regular basis ( ' For years , I assumed that I would draw for Punch , ' says Leigh )
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The World According to Mike Leigh

Author: Michael Coveney

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

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Page: 255

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The first biography of one of Britain's most exciting & original filmmakers & playwrights, whose successes include the award-winning film Secrets & Lies. Featuring 45 b/w photographs & a complete listing of his works.

Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

An insightful collection of original interviews with the innovative director of Secrets & Lies A five-time Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner and the only British director to have won the top prize at both Cannes (for Secrets & Lies) and Venice ...

Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Author: Amy Raphael

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780571204694

Page: 464

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An insightful collection of original interviews with the innovative director of Secrets & Lies A five-time Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner and the only British director to have won the top prize at both Cannes (for Secrets & Lies) and Venice (for Vera Drake), Mike Leigh is unquestionably one of world cinema's preeminent figures. First trained in theater, Leigh devised his own method for the making of first plays and then films, based on months of improvisation and rehearsal with actors prior to shooting. Leigh's actors invent characters based on real people, each unaware of what the other is up to or the larger design Leigh has in mind. In their commingling of bleakness and humor, Leigh's films re-create the tragicomic world of people whose everyday lives are far from glamorous: a world in which "the done thing" usually prevails, contrary to our inner hopes, wants, or needs. Leigh's work has always reflected its times and entered the vernacular, whether the harsh studies of Meantime and Naked or the humor of the now legendary Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. Above all, Leigh is an accomplished storyteller, and these films deal with universal themes: births, marriages and deaths, parenthood and failed relationships, families and their secrets and lies. Leigh speaks to Amy Raphael more openly than ever before about his life and inimitable working method, revealing himself as passionate, wise, and the owner of a dry and playful Mancunian wit.

Mike Leigh

With a detailed filmography, this volume also includes key selections from O'Sullivan's several interviews with Leigh.

Mike Leigh

Author: Sean O'Sullivan

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252093402

Page: 184

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In this much needed examination of Mike Leigh, Sean O'Sullivan reclaims the British director as a practicing theorist--a filmmaker deeply invested in cinema's formal, conceptual, and narrative dimensions. In contrast with Leigh's prevailing reputation as a straightforward crafter of social realist movies, O'Sullivan illuminates the visual tropes and storytelling investigations that position Leigh as an experimental filmmaker who uses the art and artifice of cinema to frame tales of the everyday and the extraordinary alike. O'Sullivan challenges the prevailing characterizations of Leigh’s cinema by detailing the complicated constructions of his realism, positing his films not as transparent records of life but as aesthetic transformations of it. Concentrating on the most recent two decades of Leigh’s career, the study examines how Naked, Secrets and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, and other films engage narrative convergence and narrative diffusion, the tension between character and plot, the interplay of coincidence and design, cinema’s relationship to other systems of representation, and the filmic rendering of the human figure. The book also spotlights such earlier, less-discussed works as Four Days in July and The Short and Curlies, illustrating the recurring visual and storytelling concerns of Leigh’s cinema. With a detailed filmography, this volume also includes key selections from O'Sullivan's several interviews with Leigh.

Abigail s Party

Here is the original script, complete with a new introduction by Mike Leigh describing the play's unlikely genesis, how it came to be made and where he believes it fits within his oeuvre as one of the country's leading writers and directors ...

Abigail s Party

Author: Mike Leigh

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241981336

Page: 80

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40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Mike Leigh. Forty years on from its first performance at the Hampstead Theatre and original screening on BBC1 soon after, Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party - telling of two marriages spectacularly unravelling at an awkward neighbourhood drinks party - remains a pinnacle of British theatre. Here is the original script, complete with a new introduction by Mike Leigh describing the play's unlikely genesis, how it came to be made and where he believes it fits within his oeuvre as one of the country's leading writers and directors. 'The play came from my intuitive sense of the spirit and the flavour of the times, and from a growing personal fear of, and frustration with the suburban existence' Mike Leigh, from his new introduction 'Leigh's play isn't simply about marriage and Essex, but also about the unhappy state of the realm' Guardian

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

This collection features new, interdisciplinary essays that cover all phases of the BAFTA-award-winner's film career, from his early made-for-television film work to his theatrical releases, including Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), ...

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Author: Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623565642

Page: 336

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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 of inspiring them to strive for greater self-awareness and compassion for others. This collection features new, interdisciplinary essays that cover all phases of the BAFTA-award-winner's film career, from his early made-for-television film work to his theatrical releases, including Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets & Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). With contributions from international scholars from a variety of fields, the essays in this collection cover individual films and the recurring themes and motifs in several films, such as representations of class and gender, and overt social commentary and political subtexts. Also covered are Leigh's visual stylizations and storytelling techniques ranging from explorations of the costume design to set design to the music and camerawork and editing; the collaborative process of 'devising and directing' a Mike Leigh film that involves character-building, world-construction, plotting, improvisations and script-writing; the process of funding and marketing for these seemingly 'uncommercial' projects, and a survey of Leigh's critical reception and the existing writing on his work.

Two Thousand Years

The new play from the Academy Award Nominee Mike Leigh

Two Thousand Years

Author: Mike Leigh

Publisher:

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Page: 123

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"In Two Thousand Years Mike Leigh explores, in a gentle tragi-comic way, a wide range of issues, including politics, religion, identity and the vexed question of Israel and the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.

Mike Leigh

Written with the co-operation of Leigh himself, this book gives detailed readings of the nine feature films he has made for the cinema, as well as an overview of his work for television.

Mike Leigh

Author: Tony Whitehead

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719072376

Page: 217

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Mike Leigh may well be Britain's greatest living film director; his worldview has permeated our national consciousness. Written with the co-operation of Leigh himself, this book gives detailed readings of the nine feature films he has made for the cinema, as well as an overview of his work for television.

Smelling a Rat

Smelling A Rat, Mike Leigh's classic comedy, is propelled by his "wonderful gift for conversation so rock-bottom-boring that is is hilarious." (Observer)

Smelling a Rat

Author: Mike Leigh

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854593160

Page: 68

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A black comedy/farce from the acclaimed film-maker and author of Abigail's Party. Returning home unexpectedly from holiday, Rex Weasel, owner of the Vermination Pest Control Company, hides in a wardrobe when he hears intruders. It's his employee Vic Maggot with his wife out on a spree - but they also have to hide when Weasel's gormless son turns up with his garrulous girlfriend. The comedy frantically approaches farce, but the drama is continuously underscored by Leigh's trademark ability to create conversations that are both painful and hilarious in their banal accuracy. Mike Leigh's play Smelling a Rat premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1988.

The Cinema of Mike Leigh

But as Coveney also notes , it is ' a cruel irony that the piece of work for which
Mike Leigh and Alison Steadman together remain best known [ in the UK ] is a
flatly photographed , crude studio recording ' ( 1997 : 112 ) . What makes this ...

The Cinema of Mike Leigh

Author: Garry Watson

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781904764106

Page: 207

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A keen observer of British manners and mores, Mike Leigh has been hailed as a celebrator of 'ordinary' people. Comparing and contrasting all his films from Bleak Moments and High Hopes through Naked, the Oscar nominated Secrets and Lies and Topsy Turvy to All or Nothing, Garry Watson considers this claim, examining both their influence and their effect. Through careful textual detail and wider social and literary comparison with the works of Charles Dickens and T.S. Eliot, he argues ultimately for the aritistic and cultural significance of Leigh's work as one of Britain's most respected film-makers.

Topsy turvy

After the less than stellar reception of "Princess Ida", the team of Gilbert and Sullivan is on the verge of breaking up, until a visit to an exhibition of Japanese art plants the seed for "The Mikado."

Topsy turvy

Author: Mike Leigh

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Page: 350

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After the less than stellar reception of "Princess Ida", the team of Gilbert and Sullivan is on the verge of breaking up, until a visit to an exhibition of Japanese art plants the seed for "The Mikado."

The Films of Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh As we have seen , one of Leigh ' s basic narrative devices to test his
characters and reveal their limitations is to pair them with antitypes . In Grown -
Ups , Dick and Mandy are precisely the kind of students who give migraines to ...

The Films of Mike Leigh

Author: Ray Carney

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521485180

Page: 292

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Carney examines one of the most important directors of British independent filmmaking.

Abigail s Party Goose Pimples

Mike Leigh’s 1970s classic play ‘Abigail’s Party’ focuses on an evening of domestic hell in the guise of a suburban drinks soirée.

Abigail s Party   Goose Pimples

Author: Mike Leigh

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141935308

Page: 160

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Mike Leigh’s 1970s classic play ‘Abigail’s Party’ focuses on an evening of domestic hell in the guise of a suburban drinks soirée. While teenager Abigail parties a few doors away, the pretentious Beverly and her estate agent husband, Laurence, entertain their neighbours – Abigail’s mother, Susan, ex-footballer, Tony, and his wife, Angela. But as the alcohol flows, tensions in the hosts’ barely functional marriage emerge and their obsessions, prejudices and petty competitiveness are ruthlessly, and hilariously, exposed. ‘Goose-Pimples’, meanwhile, is easily as sharp and uncompromising. This time, the action focuses on ambitious casino croupier, Jackie, and Saudi businessman, Muhammad, who meet – and misunderstand – one another spectacularly.

Screen Acting

Mike Leigh is well known as a film ditector who works inrensively with actors. At a
most basic level, Leigh's working ptocess can be understood as requiting actors
to work withour a sctipr, developing theit own chatacrers in ways that involve a ...

Screen Acting

Author: Peter Kramer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131797249X

Page: 200

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While not everyone would agree with Alfred Hitchcock's notorious remark that 'actors are cattle', there is little understanding of the work film actors do. Yet audience enthusiasm for, or dislike of, actors and their style of performance is a crucial part of the film-going experience. Screen Acting discusses the development of film acting, from the stylisation of the silent era, through the naturalism of Lee Strasberg's 'Method', to Mike Leigh's use of improvisation. The contributors to this innovative volume explore the philosophies which have influenced acting in the movies and analyse the styles and techniques of individual filmmakers and performers, including Bette Davis, James Mason, Susan Sarandon and Morgan Freeman. There are also interviews with working actors: Ian Richardson discusses the relationship between theatre, film and television acting; Claire Rushbrook and Ron Cook discuss theri work with Mike Leigh, and Helen Shaver discusses her work with the critic Susan Knobloch.

Fires Were Started

LOW HOPES : MIKE LEIGH MEETS MARGARET THATCHER David Sterritt Life
is abrasive for a lot of people , and there's no getting round it . I think the function
of art - and the cinema not least - is to confront these things ... I'm absolutely ...

Fires Were Started

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781904764717

Page: 341

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Fires Were Started is a provocative analysis of the responses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and it represents an original and stimulating contribution to our knowledge of British cinema. This second edition includes revised and updated contributions from some of the leading scholars of British cinema, including Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Wollen and Manthia Diawara. The book discuss prominent filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg and Stephen Frears, it also explores some lesser known but equally important territory such as the work of Black British filmmakers, the Leeds Animation Workshop and Channel 4's Film on Four. Films discussed include Distant Voices, Still Lives, My Beautiful Launderette, Chariots of Fire and Drowning by Numbers.

Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema

At the heart of this volume is the assertion that Sartrean existentialism, most prominent in the 1940s, particularly in France, is still relevant as a way of interpreting the world today.

Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema

Author: Jean-Pierre Boulé

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857453211

Page: 224

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At the heart of this volume is the assertion that Sartrean existentialism, most prominent in the 1940s, particularly in France, is still relevant as a way of interpreting the world today. Film, by reflecting philosophical concerns in the actions and choices of characters, continues and extends a tradition in which art exemplifies the understanding of existentialist philosophy. In a scholarly yet accessible style, the contributors exploit the rich interplay between Sartre's philosophy, plays and novels, and a number of contemporary films including No Country for Old Men, Lost in Translation and The Truman Show, with film-makers including the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke, and Mike Leigh. This volume will be of interest to students who are coming to Sartre's work for the first time and to those who would like to read films within an existentialist perspective.

All Or Nothing

Coveney quotes Mike Leigh ' s response to this hypothesis : “ The point of it all is
seeing how far away from that one film you can get ” ( 151 ) , and one might add
just how good it is . With the surprising form and content of Topsy - Turvy , Leigh ...

All Or Nothing

Author: Edward Trostle Jones

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820467450

Page: 196

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This critical study of Mike Leigh's cinema is a comprehensive assessment of his thirty plus years in film, including his television features, from the first feature-length Bleak Moments to All or Nothing. Through his own species of tragicomedy and favored thematic content concentrating on relationships, Leigh enlarges the emotional boundaries of cinema for performers and audience alike. His deep and fully realized characters often subvert both decorum and irony traditionally associated with British film and television. Leigh's sense of the reciprocity and interpenetration of the material mundane, the ridiculous, and the humanistic sublime brings respect for the complexity of the ordinary and merits celebration within the democratic and demotic art of film.

New Statesman

Happy days Shedding the miserabilist tag , Mike Leigh has cheered up on film
and in person . He talks to Rebecca Davies Although Mike Leigh is generally
considered to be one of Britain ' s finest film - makers , his work is frequently
labelled ...

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Jewish Renaissance

Photo : John Haynes MIKE LEIGH COMES OU The renowned writer and director
talks to GOLDA ZAFER SMITH about his attitude towards his Jewish identity , the
role it has played in his life and in the creation of his new play , Two Thousand ...

Jewish Renaissance

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