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Mike Leigh

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Mike Leigh on December 9, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Mike Leigh

He was born on 20 February 1943, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK.  He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and at Camberwell and Central Art Schools and the London Film School. His first original play was Bleak Moments which had a lot of improvisation. His early career was as a playwright and theatre director. He directed many stage play including Smelling A Rat (1989), It’s A Great Big Shame, Greek Tragedy, Goose-Pimples (1982), Ecstasy (1989) and Abigail’s Party (1979). He was nominated for the 2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival.

He later interested in making film and television. He wrote and directed many television plays including Nuts in May, Home Sweet Home, and Vera Drake. He was famous for his improvisation technique which help the actor to create new character from improvisation. His winning award films are All or Nothing (2002), Life is Sweet , Secrets and Lies (1997) and Topsy Turvy (1999). Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)