Leigh, Mike: Writer/Director profile

Mike Leigh is the writer and director of "Another Year," starring Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville. The film, which which is an Official Selection at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in September, is being released by Sony Pictures Classics on December 29.

Leigh was born in 1943 in Salford, Lancashire. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School.

 

His first feature film was Bleak Moments (1971); this was followed by the full-length television films, Hard Labour (1973), Nuts in May (1975), The Kiss of Death (1976), Who=s Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Home Sweet Home (1982), Meantime (1983), and Four Days In July (1984).

 

Other feature films are High Hopes (1988), Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets and Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All Or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010).

 

He has written and directed over twenty stage plays, including "Babies Grow Old" (1974), "Abigail's Party" (1977), "Ecstasy" (1979), "Goose-Pimples" (1981), "Smelling A Rat" (1988) and "Two Thousand Years" (2005) for the National Theatre, where he will create a new play in 2011.

 

CREDITS AND AWARDS

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Academy Awards 2009

Nomination: Best Original Screenplay

European Film Awards 2008

Nomination: Best Film

Golden Globes 2009

Nomination: Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2009

Nominations: British Director of the Year; British Film of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Best Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics Awards 2009

Best Director

Best Screenplay

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2009

Best Director

BAFTA LA Comedy Festival 2009

Best Film