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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

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This new edition updates Mike Leigh's career to his most recent films, Mister Turner and the epic masterpiece Peterloo.

Five-time Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner, 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 pre-eminent figures. Now, in this definitive career-length interview, he reflects on all that has gone into the making of his unique body of work.

In their commingling of bleakness and humor, Leigh's films recreate the tragi-comic 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.

Within these pages Leigh speaks to Amy Raphael more openly than ever before of his life and inimitable working method, revealing himself as passionate, forthright, no sufferer of fools, but the owner of a dry and playful Mancunian wit.

Author: Mike Leigh
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: 01/18/2022
Pages: 560
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.65lbs
Size: 9.21h x 5.98w x 1.89d
ISBN: 9780571353828

About the Author
Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967. She has worked on The Face, Elle and Esquire and now freelances for The Observer and The Telegraph. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995.

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