Mike Leigh Retrospective

This November, HOME is part of BFI’s UK-wide celebration of the career of multi-award winning writer-director Mike Leigh, one of Britain’s most internationally recognised and critically acclaimed filmmakers working today.

To coincide with the release of the restoration of Mike Leigh’s Naked, we’re offering the opportunity to catch up with some of the director’s earlier works.

Renowned for his working methods that allow characters to emerge from research and development with actors, Leigh has become one of British cinema’s most distinctive voices. This selection reveals the breadth of his achievements from the early social realism of Bleak Moments to the comedy of his Play for Today classic Nuts in May to his mature explorations of Britain in the 1980s with Meantime and High Hopes.

The full programme is below.

Booking for Friends opens Fri 15 Oct, 12pm
Booking for Members opens Sat 16 Oct, 12pm
On General Sale Mon 18 Oct, 12pm

Previously in this season

Nuts in May

One of Mike Leigh’s best loved works, Nuts in May was first broadcast as part of the BBC’s Play For Today strand in 1976.

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Naked dissects a Britain, dripping with alienation and disaffection, in the thrall of post-Thatcherism. In doing so, Leigh creates one of his most distinctive and…

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Made in 1983, it centers on brothers Mark and Colin (two excellent performances from Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) who are unemployed, living at home…

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Naked Q&A

We will be joined by director Mike Leigh for a Q&A following the screening on Fri 12 Nov at 17:30.

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Bleak Moments

Leigh’s exploration of modern life in the early 1970s is given even more depth by its astonishing central performances.

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First screened in 1980 as part of the BBC's Playhouse strand, Grown-Ups, laced with comedy, is one of Mike Leigh’s most pointed explorations of class…

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TV Double Bill/ Hard Labour + Kiss of Death

This double bill of work made for television showcases some of Mike Leigh’s work from the 1970s.

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High Hopes

Winner of the Critic's Choice Award at Venice Film Festival 1988. Exploring the idea of inertia or action against the backdrop of a rapidly changing…

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