Broken relentlessly maps the landscape of
Irish TimesBroken relentlessly maps the landscape of everyday sufferingIrish TimesIt's there in the shocking realism of early Ken Loach, it's there in the smoky corners of Mike Leigh films, the social dramas of the Dardenne brothers, a lineage of tired women as piously put upon as the Virgin Mary. Anna Friel is the exasperated ...and more »
Posted on 31 May 2017 | 4:26 am
Searching for humanity - Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free PressSearching for humanityWinnipeg Free PressLoach, who's so politically committed he makes fellow social realist Mike Leigh look all loosey-goosey, doesn't do much to dress up this furious manifesto. I, Daniel Blake is stark, plainspoken and predictable. Maybe a movie that makes the case for ...and more »
Posted on 31 May 2017 | 2:19 am
Deb's Seafood debuts in Lehigh, Lehne Burger
The News-PressDeb's Seafood debuts in Lehigh, Lehne Burger hits snags in Cape CoralThe News-PressGavel Grill owner Mike Leigh hopes to attract the lunchtime crowd from nearby county offices by serving many of Chrissy's same dishes. “It's not going to be a whole lot different than what they did,” he said. Elsewhere in Naples, Starbucks plans to ...
Posted on 30 May 2017 | 8:31 am
Why the UK election isn't exciting Americans
BBC NewsWhy the UK election isn't exciting Americans - BBC NewsBBC NewsWhen it comes to the UK election, Americans have hardly been grabbing the popcorn. Box office it is not. And up against the summer blockbuster of the Trump ...and more »
Posted on 29 May 2017 | 6:01 pm
In the Know: Gavel Grill, Starbucks planned
Naples Daily NewsIn the Know: Gavel Grill, Starbucks planned for East NaplesNaples Daily NewsA new restaurant and bar are on the docket for an outparcel of the Courthouse Shadows retail center in East Naples. The Gavel Grill is coming to order for a summer opening in the former space of Chrissy's Tavern & Bistro, 3340 U.S. 41 E., across the ...
Posted on 24 May 2017 | 8:33 am
Lesley Manville is a revelation in gripping
“Ghosts” packs an astounding amount of drama into just over an hour and a half — cheating and lying, bitterness and hypocrisy, venereal disease and crushed hopes, and that staple...
Posted on 13 April 2015 | 12:21 pm
'Ghosts': Theater Review
Lesley Manville heads the cast of Richard Eyre's Olivier Award-winning Almeida Theatre revival of the Ibsen classic, imported to New York for a month-long run. read more
Posted on 12 April 2015 | 8:31 pm
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow to receive
Veteran television journalist will receive British Academy of Film and Television Arts equivalent of lifetime achievement award Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow is to receive a Bafta fellowship, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ equivalent of a lifetime achievement award, presented “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games”. In an ...
Posted on 12 April 2015 | 8:59 am
Classic derbies: United 4 Man City 3 (Sept
Fifth in our six-part series of great games against City is a seven-goal thriller... Mike Leigh, a United fan from Warrington, recalls: "The atmosphere was just electric from start to finish.
Posted on 11 April 2015 | 5:06 am
Europe’s Top Directors Come Together To
Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission ’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius ( The Artist ), Mike Leigh ( Mr Turner ), Ken Loach ( The Wind That Shakes The Barley ) and Matteo Garrone ( Gomorrah ) have all signed a ...
Posted on 9 April 2015 | 9:23 am
Movie review: 'Learning to Drive' is a
Here’s a twin bill suggestion: the new dramatic comedy “Learning to Drive,” and “Happy-Go-Lucky,” the 2008 dramatic comedy that earned a screenwriting Oscar nomination for Mike Leigh, and nabbed a Golden Globe for lead actress Sally Hawkins.
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:32 pm
Movie Review: A charming East meets West
Here's a twin bill suggestion: the new dramatic comedy "Learning to Drive" and "Happy-Go-Lucky," the 2008 dramatic comedy that earned a screenwriting Oscar nomination for Mike Leigh, and nabbed a Golden Globe for lead actress Sally Hawkins. Both films ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:10 pm
Cate Blanchett to get BFI Fellowship
There have been some 80 previous recipients, including Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Mike Leigh and, most recently, Mel Brooks. Sorry, your browser is unable to play this video. Blanchett, who was born and brought up in Melbourne, Australia, shot to international ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:37 pm
Cate Blanchett to receive honorary
Previous recipients of the BFI fellowship include Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh and Mel Brooks. The BFI London Film Festival will take place October 7-18. ― AFP-Relaxnews
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 11:46 am
TIFF: British Theater-to-Film Directors Get
But it also comes after a generation of filmmakers led by Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh that emerged in the 1980s from a TV background to fly the Brit flag at major world film festivals. Bailey said he and Handling aimed at a diversity of voices ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 5:14 am
Tori Amos writing musical for UK National
A musical by singer-songwriter Tori Amos and a new play from Mike Leigh are among productions being staged by Britain's National Theatre over the next year.
Posted on 26 January 2011 | 8:46 am
Director Mike Leigh cancels Israel trip in
British filmmaker Mike Leigh has canceled a visit to Israel to protest against a proposed loyalty oath for new citizens.
Posted on 17 October 2010 | 9:26 am
Thai film 'Boonmee' wins top honor at Cannes
The hypnotic Thai film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival, while Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche and Javier Bardem earned acting honors.
Posted on 22 May 2010 | 11:06 pm
Leigh serves up adult drama about aging and
Aging and mortality are at the heart of Mike Leigh's latest relationship drama, a smart and troubling examination of the way ordinary people cope with the vicissitudes of life.
Posted on 15 May 2010 | 6:02 am
Leigh's `Happy-Go-Lucky' could extend Oscar
Director Mike Leigh has a knack for putting relatively unknown British actresses into Academy Awards contention, as he did with "Secrets & Lies" and "Vera Drake."
Posted on 7 October 2008 | 4:49 pm
Open Question: How can l purchase the book
Posted on 19 November 2016 | 11:56 pm
Resolved Question: What food was eaten in
I know that they had olives and drank bacardi as they are discussed in the script.
Posted on 1 September 2012 | 8:29 pm
Open Question: What do you think of Mike
Posted on 21 September 2011 | 4:59 am
Resolved Question: Is it me or are the
Posted on 13 May 2011 | 6:07 am
Resolved Question: Is anyone else a fan of
His films aren't "accessible" enough for him to be a Nolan/Spielberg/Tarantino level household name, but he has been nominated for seven Oscars to date, the most recent for writing Another Year (now playing in theatres).
I love how disinterested he is in the trappings of Hollywood. He almost never uses A-list American stars. Instead he draws on the cream of the English character-acting crop, including the likes of Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, and David Thewlis. You'll often see these actors in supporting roles in big Hollywood movies (say, Marsan in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes or Staunton & Thewlis in the Harry Potter series), but Leigh lets them headline his films, putting their brilliance, charm, and electrifying abilities to full use.
His films always have a very appealing, "loose" quality. He doesn't write full screenplays; instead, he outlines characters and scenarios and then, with his cast, fills in the blanks via improvisation and on-set conversations. To watch a Mike Leigh film is to watch a film unconcerned with artificial drama, but fascinated by slice-of-life style observations. By simply showing interesting, "regular" lives on the screen, in films such as Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, and Another Year, he cuts to the bone of the human condition. His films tend to be hilarious and painful, often at the same times. The way life so often is.
So, I'm a big fan, obviously. Anyone else?
Bonus Q: Favorite Mike Leigh film?
Posted on 15 February 2011 | 12:23 pm