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Mike Leigh Retrospective

ABIGAIL'S PARTY (Mike Leigh, 1977)
The appalling Beverley (played by Alison Steadman, a Leigh regular) has arranged a small party amongst a few neighbours, which provides the perfect opportunity to display her vast array of cultural p… Read more

BLEAK MOMENTS (Mike Leigh, 1971)
Adapted from his 1970 stage production, Bleak Moments not only represents Mike Leigh's feature film debut but also establishes the characteristic method of mood of his output, a stylistic signature w… Read more

FOUR DAYS IN JULY (Mike Leigh, 1984)
Two couples, one Catholic, one Protestant, are near neighbours in Belfast. They have nothing in common, save the fact that both women are expecting their first babies, which will be born on the same … Read more

GROWN UPS (Mike Leigh, 1980)
No Mike Leigh film better illustrates the unique blend of comedy and drama that have come to be a trademark of his work than Grown Ups, which moves from heart-rendering pathos to hilarious, chaotic s… Read more

HARD LABOUR (Mike Leigh, 1973)
An early BBC work, Hard Labour continues the understated, downbeat style of Bleak Moments in what may be Leigh's most poignant portrait, that of a middle-aged working class woman whose life is a neve… Read more

HOME SWEET HOME (Mike Leigh, 1982)
Leigh's melancholy variation on 'Postman's Knock' centres on three postmen whose domestic lives on a suburban estate are more loosely (and painfully) entangled than they realise. The sexual conquests… Read more

MEANTIME (Mike Leigh, 1983)
Leigh's best-known film in Australia is the most sophisticated of his television-films and one of the great British films of the decade. Made not for the BBC but for Central Television, the film was … Read more

NUTS IN MAY (Mike Leigh, 1976)
A 'post-hippie' couple take a camping holiday in Devon, determined to escape the bustle of the city. Leigh's brilliantly observed comedy will have you loathing the officious husband within minutes, b… Read more

The Five Minute Films (Mike Leigh, 1975)
Made early in Leigh's career at the BBC, but not screened until the 1982 Mike Leigh Retrospective on BBC-2, this is a series of 5 short vignettes, each five minutes in length, each designed to captur… Read more

THE KISS OF DEATH (Mike Leigh, 1977)
This tale of young love focuses on the romantic ebb of love in the life of a rather shambling undertaker's assistant. ... Read more

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