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Mike Leigh
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Date of Birth: Feb 20, 1943

Country: UK

Biography: Often compared to Ken Loach, Mike Leigh also makes social realism-orientated films that focus on the banal conflicts of the everyday life of regular people. Most of his films are set amidst the blighted urban decay of the inner city, or amid the soulessness of suburbia. He begins projects without a script; instead, he sets out a basic premise, and lets the ideas develop through improvisation by the actors. (Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 27 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (26) | Writer (24) | Actor (1)
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Peterloo (2018)
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. (imdb)
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Mr. Turner (2014)
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. (imdb)
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A Running Jump (2012)
Members of a family lives frantic lives of Olympian proportion. (imdb)
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Another Year (2010)
A happily married, middle-aged couple are visited by a number of unhappy and lonely friends who use them as confidants. When an unmarried friend falls for their young son, they watch as events unfold. (tiff.net)
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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (imdb)
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Vera Drake (2004)
Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. (imdb)
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All or Nothing (2002)
Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for elderly people, and their son Rory is unemployed and aggressive. The joy has gone out of Phil's and Penny's life, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they are brought together to rediscover their love... (imdb)
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Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain (2000)
A documentary from the Oscar-winning director of 'Touching the Void'
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Topsy-Turvy (1999)
After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to one of their greatest successes. (imdb)
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Career Girls (1997)
2 young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier. (imdb)
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Secrets & Lies (1996)
Cynthia lives in London with her sullen street-sweeper daughter. Her brother has been successful with his photographer's business and now lives nearby in a more upmarket house. But Cynthia hasn't even been invited round there after a year. So, all round, she feels rather lonely and isolated. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Hortense, adopted at birth but now grown up, starts to try and trace her mother. (imdb)
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Naked (1993)
Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend... (imdb)
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A Sense of History (1992)
The 23rd Earl of Leete, a British aristocrat, tells his far-from-dull life story. (Channel4)
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Life Is Sweet (1990)
Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon... (imdb)
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High Hopes (1988)
Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband... (imdb)
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The Short & Curlies (1987)
A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between her and the man and her and her doting mother, a hairdresser. (imdb)
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Four Days in July (1985)
Two couples, one Catholic, one Protestant, exist on two sides of the chasm that is everyday life in Northern Ireland. Both women are expecting babies, both couples tell offbeat stories, both couples get by with what little they have. Yet Mike Leigh allows his actors to show not how much but how little these two couple have in common. "Four Days in July" is wonderful yet scathing look at the turmoil that has engulfed Northern Ireland for generations. (Mike Stimler)
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Meantime (1984)
Meantime (1984) - TV Movie
An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other... (imdb)
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Home Sweet Home (1982)
Three postal workers and their dysfunctional families interact over cups of tea and Sunday dinner. Stan, Gordon, and Harold sort mail. While the clueless Harold's at work, Stan nips round for loveless sex with Harold's near-sighted, romance-starved wife, June. When Gordon's out, Hazel invites Stan in for tea, randy talk, and to show off her newly-thin figure. Social workers want Stan to spend time with his teenage daughter, Tina, fostered out since Stan's divorce. (imdb)
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Grown-Ups (1980)
Grown-Ups (1980) - TV Episode
Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria, is constantly dropping in, and will not take any hints that the couple would prefer to be left alone, until her presence finally goads them to action. (imdb)
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Who
Who's Who (1979) - TV Episode
Slice-of-life look at class divisions among employees at a brokerage house (imdb)
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Abigail
A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a party in their house. Beverly's husband, Lawrence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff insensitive British middle class way with people who do not know each other, until Beverly and Lawrence start sniping (Will Gilbert, imdb)
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The Kiss of Death (1977)
Trevor, a painfully shy undertaker's assistant, is introduced to the more extroverted Linda by his friends. They struggle to manage a relationship due to quite how much of a social misfit Trevor is.
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Nuts in May (1976)
Nuts in May (1976) - TV Episode
A bourgeois couple take a camping trip into the country, only to find their tent neighbors unsatisfactory and distinctly crass. Tensions flare between campers in this mild mannered comedy on class.
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The Five Minute Films (1975)
5 short films made by Mike Leigh
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Hard Labour (1973)
Hard Labour (1973) - TV Episode
Made-for-TV film by Mike Leigh; first of six of his contributions to the British anthology drama series "Play for Today".
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Bleak Moments (1971)
Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her retarded sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizzare neighbour and irritating workmate. (imdb)
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