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Mike Leigh

Tony Whitehead

Abstract

Mike Leigh may well be Britain's greatest living film director; his worldview has permeated our national consciousness. This book gives detailed readings of the nine feature films he has made for the cinema, as well as an overview of his work for television. Written with the co-operation of Leigh himself, it challenges the critical privileging of realism in histories of British cinema, placing the emphasis instead on the importance of comedy and humour: of jokes and their functions; of laughter as a survival mechanism; and of characterisations and situations that disrupt our preconceptions of ... More

Keywords: Mike Leigh, film director, British cinema, Vera Drake, television, realism, Naked, Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, survival mechanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719072369
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719072369.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Whitehead, author