Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh won the Best Director Award at Cannes for Naked and the Palme d’Or for Secrets &  LiesTopsy Turvy and Vera Drake also won him international awards. His stage plays include Abigail’s PartyGoose-Pimples and Ecstasy.

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2006

Sunday, 26 February 2006

Maverick director and writer Mike Leigh has had a huge impact on British cinema and theatre. Salford born, he loves to describe ordinary lives, achieving a body of work far from ordinary.  Whether for the stage or the screen, he has developed a unique style of authorship: he assembles a few actors, weeks of long conversations evolve through secret rehearsals into creating the characters and the final story. His triumphant return to the stage with Two Thousand Years saw him address Jewish identity for the first time.

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