Mike Leigh


Mike Leigh and Career Girls: Time Heals Most Wounds

Career Girls is an unusual film if only because it starts with a happy ending. Director Mike Leigh's early work was full of films about British working class life, some grimly humorous (Life Is Sweet), some simply grim (Naked). Released in 1997, Career Girls was the first film where Leigh let himself be really gentle with his characters, using a story told with flashbacks to allow them the provisional gift of time and maturity.
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Mike Leigh Reveals the Story Behind Secrets & Lies’ Most Famous Scene

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Mike Leigh on the cartoonist who taught him how to capture humanity

"There’s a famous seaside town called Blackpool,. Went there with young Albert, their son." So begins the fateful saga of what happened to the lad when he poked his “stick with an ’orse’s ’ead ’andle” in the ear of Wallace the lion at Blackpool Tower Zoo. This comic verse is from Albert, ’Arold and Others, one of three volumes, published in the 1930s, by the music hall comedian and legendary pantomime dame Marriott Edgar.

New titles from Satyajit Ray, Wes Anderson and Mike Leigh join the Criterion lineup in April

Criterion have confirmed their April 2021 UK releases... This film about a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray (The Music Room) is set in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (The Big City’s Madhabi Mukerjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband’s poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures,