Mike Leigh’s cinema is not a magical vehicle. There is no wonder in it, no fantasy or magic. The illusion crumbles and the painful reality shines through its rubble. And it is the reality including simple, not very sumptuous small apartments with their common residents who conduct their equally common lives. The daily stable monotony becomes here the supreme good whose charms may be tasted by a few. Others, a bit off, definitely abuse the alcohol, Mary, and suffering from obesity and equally fond of drinks, Ken, may at best watch it. And in their own clumsy way seek for a simple order.
Cannes IFF 2010 – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; National Board of Review 2010 – Best Actress; London Critics Circle Film Award 2011 – British Actress of the Year; San Diego Film Critics Society Award 2011 – Best Supporting Actress; Santa Barbara IFF 2011 – Virtuosos Award
Born 20 February 1943, British writer and director of film and theatre. He studied theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and studied further at the Camberwell School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. He began as a theatre director and playwright in the mid 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s his career moved between work for the theatre and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterized by a gritty „kitchen sink realism” style. His well-known films include Life is Sweet (1990), the comedy-drama Career Girls (1997), the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy (1999), and the bleak working-class drama All or Nothing (2002). His most notable works are arguably Naked (1993) for which he won the Best Director Award at Cannes, the BAFTA-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Palme d'Or winner Secret & Lies (1996) and Golden Lion winner Vera Drake (2004).
2010 Kolejny rok / Another Year
2004 Vera Drake
2002 Wszystko albo nic / All or Nothing
1999 Topsy Turvy
1997 Współlokatorki / Career Girls
1996 Sekrety i kłamstwa / Secrets and Lies
1993 Nadzy / Naked
1990 Życie jest słodkie / Life is Sweet
1988 High Hopes
1972 Bleak Moments