Phoenix is celebrating the life and work of film director Mike Leigh with a new one-day course, taking a closer look at an illustrious career spanning more than forty years.
Leigh is synonymous with British cinema, renowned for his gritty films chronicling contemporary life and, more recently, period pieces such as Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake and last year’s Mr Turner.
But his early career included a raft of TV work for the BBC, notably Nuts in May and Abigail’s Party which revealed his remarkable ability to create frighteningly convincing ‘monstrous’ characters that satirise middle-class pretensions
In A Day in the World of Mike Leigh we explore Leigh’s career from his early TV work through to the current day, examining what typifies the idea of a film ‘devised by’ Mike Leigh, the themes, actors and acting styles, the characterisation and aspects of comedy and tragedy that mark his territory.
A Day in the World of Mike Leigh is on Saturday 11 July, from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Places can be booked online or via the Box Office (tel 0116 242 2800) – price £24/£20 concessions. There is no booking fee.