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  • Issue 41

Mike Leigh

The remarkable director discusses starting from nothing, over and over again. Words by Poppy Beale-Collins. Photograph by Rick McGinnis.

The British director Mike Leigh has been making critically acclaimed films and plays for 50 years. He is perhaps best known for his collaborative, improvisation-led approach, which involves rehearsing with an ensemble cast over an extended period of time. Much like real life, a Mike Leigh film is recalled not in chronological plot terms, but in single, impressionistic shots that contain everything there is to know: a mother standing in the doorway of her teenage daughter’s bedroom in Life Is


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