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Awards

2005 BAFTA Winner: Best Direction in Vera Drake
2005 Unknown Winner: Best Direction in Vera Drake
2005 Oscar Nominee: Best Director in Vera Drake
2005 Unknown Nominee: Best Director in Vera Drake
1997 Oscar Nominee: Best Director in Secrets & Lies
1997 BAFTA Nominee: Best Direction in Secrets & Lies
1997 Unknown Nominee: Best Director in Secrets & Lies
1997 Unknown Nominee: Best Director in Secrets & Lies
1997 Unknown Nominee: Best Direction in Secrets & Lies
1997 Unknown Nominee: Best Direction in Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh

Director, producer, screenwriter and playwright Mike Leigh was born February 20, 1943, in Salford, England, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1960s, Leigh did extensive work for British television, where he formed an appreciation for the English working class and his trademark improvisational style.

Leigh's feature debut was the now-obscure Bleak Moments (1971), followed by more shorts and TV movies. The theatrical releases of High Hopes (1988) and Life is Sweet (1991) gained widespread critical admiration on both sides of the Atlantic. Naked (1993) earned Leigh a Best Director Award from the Cannes Film Festival, while Secrets & Lies (1996) landed Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. He earned another writing nod for the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy.

Recent Leigh films include Career Girls and Vera Drake (2004).

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Another Year Nominated For/Won Awards 2010  3.1 ★ 130 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
Over the course of a tumultuous year, contented medical counselor Gerri (Ruth Sheen) and her geologist husband, Tom (Jim Broadbent), see their friends and relations through a series of happy events and heartbreaks -- including a birth and a death. Imelda Staunton and Oliver Maltman co-star in this character-driven ensemble dramedy from writer-director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies).


Another Year Nominated For/Won Awards 2010  3.0 ★ 130 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13 RT:92%
Over the course of a tumultuous year, contented medical counselor Gerri (Ruth Sheen) and her geologist husband, Tom (Jim Broadbent), see their friends and relations through a series of happy events and heartbreaks -- including a birth and a death. Imelda Staunton and Oliver Maltman co-star in this character-driven ensemble dramedy from writer-director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies).


Happy-Go-Lucky Nominated For/Won Awards 2008  3.0 ★ 118 mins Comedies Rated: R RT:93%  until 01-Jan-2025
When someone steals her beloved bike, eternally cheerful schoolteacher "Poppy" Cross takes up driving and is paired with a sour instructor -- who's both attracted to and repelled by Poppy in this upbeat slice-of-life tale.


Happy-Go-Lucky Nominated For/Won Awards 2008  3.0 ★ 118 mins Comedy Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025   
When someone steals her beloved bike, eternally cheerful schoolteacher "Poppy" Cross takes up driving and is paired with a sour instructor -- who's both attracted to and repelled by Poppy in this upbeat slice-of-life tale.


Naked: Bonus Material  2005  3.5 ★ 65 mins Drama Rated: NR
This companion disc to director Mike Leigh's brilliant and controversial film includes an interview with the director, an interview with filmmaker Neil LaBute on Naked and a short comedy by Mike Leigh.


Naked: Bonus Material  2005  3.5 ★ 65 mins Dramas Rated: NR
This companion disc to director Mike Leigh's brilliant and controversial film includes an interview with the director, an interview with filmmaker Neil LaBute on Naked and a short comedy by Mike Leigh.


Vera Drake Nominated For/Won Awards 2004  3.6 ★ 125 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:92%  until 01-Jan-2025
Vera Drake spends her days doting on her working-class family in 1950s England. But Vera also has a secret side: She visits women and helps them induce miscarriages. When the authorities get wind of her activities, Vera's world quickly falls apart.


Vera Drake Nominated For/Won Awards 2004  3.6 ★ 125 mins Drama Rated: R
Vera Drake spends her days doting on her working-class family in 1950s England. But Vera also has a secret side: She visits women and helps them induce miscarriages. When the authorities get wind of her activities, Vera's world quickly falls apart.


All or Nothing  2002  3.1 ★ 128 mins Drama Rated: R
Mike Leigh's tale of a working class family in London examines the growing emotional distance between taxi driver Phil (Timothy Spall) and his wife, Penny (Lesley Manville), who works at a grocery store. Seeking a way to reconnect, they are brought together by an unexpected tragedy. In the process, they also bond with daughter Rachel, who works at a home for the elderly, and son Rory, who's an unemployed misfit.


All or Nothing  2002  3.0 ★ 128 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:83%
Mike Leigh's tale of a working class family in London examines the growing emotional distance between taxi driver Phil (Timothy Spall) and his wife, Penny (Lesley Manville), who works at a grocery store. Seeking a way to reconnect, they are brought together by an unexpected tragedy. In the process, they also bond with daughter Rachel, who works at a home for the elderly, and son Rory, who's an unemployed misfit.


Topsy-Turvy Nominated For/Won Awards 1999  3.7 ★ 160 mins Comedies Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025
After their production of "Princess Ida" tanks, Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner) and William Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) start a cold war that threatens to end their long-lasting partnership -- but friends and associates work overtime to bring them back together. The result is their classic play "The Mikado." Mike Leigh's thoughtful musical comedy-drama garnered four Academy Award nominations and won for costume design and makeup.


Topsy-Turvy Nominated For/Won Awards 1999  3.6 ★ 160 mins Comedy Rated: R
After their production of "Princess Ida" tanks, composers Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert start a cold war that threatens to end their long-lasting partnership -- but friends and associates work overtime to bring them back together.


Topsy-Turvy  1999  3.1 ★ 161 mins Drama Rated: R
After their production of "Princess Ida" tanks, Arthur Gilbert (Allan Corduner) and William Sullivan (the wonderful Jim Broadbent) start a cold war that threatens to end their long-lasting partnership. When friends and associates work overtime to bring them back together, the result is their classic play "The Mikado." Thoughtful and winningly acted, Topsy-Turvy garnered four Academy Award nominations and won for best costume design and makeup.


Career Girls  1997  3.2 ★ 83 mins Dramas Rated: R
Six years after college graduation, former roommates Hannah and Annie reunite to spend the weekend together in London, reminiscing about their friendship in this character-driven drama from writer-director Mike Leigh.


Career Girls  1997  3.2 ★ 83 mins Drama Rated: R
Six years after college graduation, former roommates Hannah and Annie reunite to spend the weekend together in London, reminiscing about their friendship in this character-driven drama from writer-director Mike Leigh.


Secrets & Lies Nominated For/Won Awards 1996  3.7 ★ 136 mins Drama Rated: R
A family confronts shocking secrets and long-forgotten lies in this bittersweet drama. With no man in her life, single mom Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) finds life with her sullen daughter, Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook), one big disappointment. But everything changes when Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) shows up claiming to be the daughter Cynthia gave up for adoption -- a revelation that shakes Cynthia's entire family. Timothy Spall co-stars.


Secrets & Lies Nominated For/Won Awards 1996  3.8 ★ 136 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:94%
A family confronts shocking secrets and long-forgotten lies in this bittersweet drama. With no man in her life, single mom Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) finds life with her sullen daughter, Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook), one big disappointment. But everything changes when Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) shows up claiming to be the daughter Cynthia gave up for adoption -- a revelation that shakes Cynthia's entire family. Timothy Spall co-stars.


Naked Nominated For/Won Awards 1993  3.5 ★ 131 mins Drama Rated: NR
A self-confessed lost boy heads for the big-city grit and glamour of London to escape the repercussions of his most recent misstep -- the sexual assault of a young woman. But a fresh start isn't meant to be.


Naked Nominated For/Won Awards 1993  3.5 ★ 131 mins Dramas Rated: NR RT:88%  until 01-Jan-2025 
A self-confessed lost boy heads for the big-city grit and glamour of London to escape the repercussions of his most recent misstep -- the sexual assault of a young woman. But a fresh start isn't meant to be.


Life Is Sweet  1990  4.1 ★ Comedies Rated: R
Helmer Mike Leigh adds a dark edge to this comedic portrait of a family in the London suburbs, including female twins who are anything but a pair: Natalie is hard working and optimistic, while Nicola is unemployed and a determined misfit.


Life Is Sweet  1990  2.9 ★ 103 mins Comedy Rated: R
Helmer Mike Leigh adds a dark edge to this comedic portrait of a family in the London suburbs, including female twins who are anything but a pair: Natalie is hard working and optimistic, while Nicola is unemployed and a determined misfit.


High Hopes  1988  3.0 ★ 109 mins Comedies Rated: NR
Working-class couple Cyril (Philip Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen) becomes obsessed with socialism while Cyril's pretentious sister Valerie (Heather Tobias) contends with her cheating husband in this slice-of-life examination of class barriers in late 1980s London. Edna Doré co-stars as the siblings' forgetful mum in the ensemble dramedy, an early work from director Mike Leigh, whose distinct style relies heavily on actor improvisation.


High Hopes  1988  3.0 ★ 109 mins Comedy Rated: NR
Working-class couple Cyril (Philip Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen) becomes obsessed with socialism while Cyril's pretentious sister Valerie (Heather Tobias) contends with her cheating husband in this slice-of-life examination of class barriers in late 1980s London. Edna Doré co-stars as the siblings' forgetful mum in the ensemble dramedy, an early work from director Mike Leigh, whose distinct style relies heavily on actor improvisation.


Four Days in July  1985  2.7 ★ 96 mins Drama Rated: NR
Indie director Mike Leigh chronicles two Belfast couples who exist on opposite sides of a fissure that defines nearly everything in the lives of the people of Northern Ireland. Catholics Collette (Brid Brennan) and Eugene (Des McAleer) and Protestants Lorraine (Paula Hamilton) and Billy (Charles Lawson) prepare for the births of their firstborn in this 1985 character study, which Leigh infuses with his signature offbeat humor.


Four Days in July  1985  2.7 ★ 96 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Indie director Mike Leigh chronicles two Belfast couples who exist on opposite sides of a fissure that defines nearly everything in the lives of the people of Northern Ireland. Catholics Collette (Brid Brennan) and Eugene (Des McAleer) and Protestants Lorraine (Paula Hamilton) and Billy (Charles Lawson) prepare for the births of their firstborn in this 1985 character study, which Leigh infuses with his signature offbeat humor.


Meantime  1983  2.8 ★ 103 mins Drama Rated: NR
Director Mike Leigh, who made his mark with working-class themes, stakes out the territory in his first TV drama. During the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a middle-class family struggles to stay afloat. Only mom Barbara (Marion Bailey) is employed; father Frank (Jeff Robert) and the couple's two sons (Tim Roth and Phil Daniels) are on the dole. Roth and Gary Oldman make their film debuts.


Meantime  1983  2.8 ★ 103 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Director Mike Leigh, who made his mark with working-class themes, stakes out the territory in his first TV drama. During the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a middle-class family struggles to stay afloat. Only mom Barbara (Marion Bailey) is employed; father Frank (Jeff Robert) and the couple's two sons (Tim Roth and Phil Daniels) are on the dole. Roth and Gary Oldman make their film debuts.


Home Sweet Home  1982  2.8 ★ 95 mins Comedy Rated: NR
Director Mike Leigh takes a bittersweet look at English society and marriage, centering on a trio of discontented postmen and their dreary ways of slogging through life. At the crux of the story is Stan (Eric Richard): After his wife walks out on him, he seeks solace in the arms of June (Su Elliot) and Hazel (Kay Stonham) -- the spouses of his two co-workers (portrayed by Timothy Spall and Tim Barker).


Home Sweet Home  1982  2.8 ★ 95 mins Comedies Rated: NR
Director Mike Leigh takes a bittersweet look at English society and marriage, centering on a trio of discontented postmen and their dreary ways of slogging through life. At the crux of the story is Stan (Eric Richard): After his wife walks out on him, he seeks solace in the arms of June (Su Elliot) and Hazel (Kay Stonham) -- the spouses of his two co-workers (portrayed by Timothy Spall and Tim Barker).


Grown Ups  1980  2.8 ★ 95 mins Comedy Rated: UR
When a recently married couple moves into their first home, they must put up with the wife's ditzy sister and their next-door neighbor, who's the newlyweds' former schoolteacher. The action comes to a head when both couples are found wrestling in the hall while trying to oust the poor sister from the neighbor's bathroom. Brenda Blethyn stars in this film directed by Mike Leigh.


Grown Ups  1980  2.8 ★ 95 mins Comedies Rated: UR
When a recently married couple moves into their first home, they must put up with the wife's ditzy sister and their next-door neighbor, who's the newlyweds' former schoolteacher. The action comes to a head when both couples are found wrestling in the hall while trying to oust the poor sister from the neighbor's bathroom. Brenda Blethyn stars in this film directed by Mike Leigh.


Who's Who  1978  2.5 ★ 80 mins Comedy Rated: UR
Brilliant director Mike Leigh spins out another biting and witty film examining class conflict in England. In this made-for-television movie, a pseudo-documentary filmmaker captures the tensions among the employees at a London brokerage company: the snooty wanna-be history buff, Alan (Richard Kane); his feline-fanatic wife, April (Joolia Cappleman); and the ambitious Giles (Adam Norton) and Nigel (Simon Chandler).


Who's Who  1978  2.5 ★ 80 mins Comedies Rated: UR
Brilliant director Mike Leigh spins out another biting and witty film examining class conflict in England. In this made-for-television movie, a pseudo-documentary filmmaker captures the tensions among the employees at a London brokerage company: the snooty wanna-be history buff, Alan (Richard Kane); his feline-fanatic wife, April (Joolia Cappleman); and the ambitious Giles (Adam Norton) and Nigel (Simon Chandler).


Kiss of Death  1977  2.3 ★ 80 mins Comedy Rated: NR
Indie film legend Mike Leigh helmed this whimsical, made-for-television tale about Trevor (David Threlfall), an unusually bashful mortician's assistant -- and a social throwback whose pathetic yet deadly earnest attempts at romance will have you laughing out loud. A perfect showcase for Leigh's offbeat and bleakly humorous worldview, Kiss of Death costars John Wheatley as Trevor's best friend, Ronnie.


Abigail's Party  1977  3.0 ★ 102 mins Comedy Rated: NR
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, this installment in the BBC teleplay anthology series "Play for Today" crafts a satirical tale about keeping up with the Joneses in 1970s suburban London. Beverly (Alison Steadman) and Laurence (Tim Stern) host a cocktail party for their neighbors, and the evening progresses from awkward stiffness to all-out dysfunction as Beverly gets soused and begins sparring with her husband.


Abigail's Party  1977  3.0 ★ 102 mins Comedies Rated: NR
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, this installment in the BBC teleplay anthology series "Play for Today" crafts a satirical tale about keeping up with the Joneses in 1970s suburban London. Beverly (Alison Steadman) and Laurence (Tim Stern) host a cocktail party for their neighbors, and the evening progresses from awkward stiffness to all-out dysfunction as Beverly gets soused and begins sparring with her husband.


Kiss of Death  1977  2.3 ★ 80 mins Comedies Rated: NR
Indie film legend Mike Leigh helmed this whimsical, made-for-television tale about Trevor (David Threlfall), an unusually bashful mortician's assistant -- and a social throwback whose pathetic yet deadly earnest attempts at romance will have you laughing out loud. A perfect showcase for Leigh's offbeat and bleakly humorous worldview, Kiss of Death costars John Wheatley as Trevor's best friend, Ronnie.


Nuts in May  1976  3.0 ★ 84 mins Comedies Rated: UR
Director Mike Leigh's made-for-television masterpiece, Nuts in May, continues his social commentary on the tensions among economic and social classes in British society. An affluent, snobby couple, Keith (Roger Sloman) and Candice-Marie (Alison Steadman), go camping, but their idyll is destroyed by the arrival of a music-blaring college student, Ray (Anthony O'Donnell), and the loud Finger (Stephen Bill) and his wife, Honky (Sheila Kelley).


Nuts in May  1976  3.0 ★ 84 mins Comedy Rated: UR
Director Mike Leigh's made-for-television masterpiece, Nuts in May, continues his social commentary on the tensions among economic and social classes in British society. An affluent, snobby couple, Keith (Roger Sloman) and Candice-Marie (Alison Steadman), go camping, but their idyll is destroyed by the arrival of a music-blaring college student, Ray (Anthony O'Donnell), and the loud Finger (Stephen Bill) and his wife, Honky (Sheila Kelley).


Hard Labour  1973  2.9 ★ 75 mins Comedy Rated: NR
A grindingly poor, elderly woman (Liz Smith) puts up with daily abuse from her husband, her children and her employer. Oscar winner Ben Kingsley makes a strong appearance as a friendly taxi driver in this black comedy directed by Mike Leigh that stands as a pointed indictment of sexism and the class system.


Hard Labour  1973  2.9 ★ 75 mins Comedies Rated: NR
A grindingly poor, elderly woman (Liz Smith) puts up with daily abuse from her husband, her children and her employer. Oscar winner Ben Kingsley makes a strong appearance as a friendly taxi driver in this black comedy directed by Mike Leigh that stands as a pointed indictment of sexism and the class system.


Bleak Moments  1971  2.6 ★ 110 mins Drama Rated: UR
A secretary named Sylvia (Anne Raitt) longs for romance to break up the drabness of a life devoted to caring for her mentally challenged sister, Hilda (Sarah Stephenson). Peter (Eric Allan), a teacher, somewhat fills that need, but Norman, a musician who rents out her garage (Mike Bradwell), complicates matters. Mike Leigh makes his directorial debut with this drama based on a stage play that he wrote.


Bleak Moments  1971  2.6 ★ 110 mins Dramas Rated: UR
A secretary named Sylvia (Anne Raitt) longs for romance to break up the drabness of a life devoted to caring for her mentally challenged sister, Hilda (Sarah Stephenson). Peter (Eric Allan), a teacher, somewhat fills that need, but Norman, a musician who rents out her garage (Mike Bradwell), complicates matters. Mike Leigh makes his directorial debut with this drama based on a stage play that he wrote.

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