Mike LEIGH

Biography

Gender Male
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Birthdate 1943-02-20
Education Salford GS, RADA, Camberwell Sch of Arts and Crafts, Central Sch of Art and Design (Theatre Design Dept), London Film Sch
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Style Mike Leigh, Esq, OBE
Career dramatist, theatre/television and film director; assoc dir Midlands Arts Centre for Young People 1965-66, asst dir RSC 1967-68, lectr in drama Sedgley Park and De La Salle Colls Manchester 1968-69, lectr London Film Sch 1970-73; memb: Drama Panel Arts Cncl GB 1975-77, Dir's Working Pty and Specialist Allocations Bd 1976-84, Accreditation Panel Nat Cncl for Drama Trg 1978-91, Gen Advsy Cncl IBA 1980-82; chm of govrs London Film Sch 2001-; Hon MA Univ of Salford 1991, Hon MA Univ of Horthampton 2000, Hon DLitt Univ of Staffordshire 2000, Hon Dr Univ of Essex 2002; writer-dir: Nat Film Theatre Retrospectives 1979 and 1993, BBC TV Retrospective (incl Arena: Mike Leigh Making Plays) 1982, various US retrospectives incl MOMA NY 1992; writer-dir stage plays: The Box Play, My Parents Have Gone To Carlisle, The Last Crusade of the Five Little Nuns (Midlands Arts Centre) 1965-66, Nenaa (RSC Studio Stratford-upon-Avon) 1967, Individual Fruit Pies (E15 Acting Sch) 1968, Down Here And Up There (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) 1968, Big Basil 1968, Glum Victoria And The Lad With Specs (Manchester Youth Theatre) 1969, Epilogue (Manchester) 1969, Bleak Moments (Open Space) 1970, A Rancid Pong (Basement) 1971, Wholesome Glory, Dick Whittington and his Cat (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) 1973, The Jaws of Death (Traverse, Edinburgh Festival) 1973, Babies Grow Old (Other Place) 1974 (ICA) 1975, The Silent Majority (Bush) 1974, Abigail's Party (Hampstead) 1977, Ecstasy (Hampstead) 1979, Goose-Pimples (Hampstead, Garrick) 1981 (Standard Best Comedy Award), Smelling a Rat (Hampstead) 1988, Greek Tragedy (Belvoir St Theatre Sydney 1989, Edinburgh Festival and Theatre Royal Stratford East) 1990, It's A Great Big Shame! (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 1993; writer-dir BBC Radio play Too Much of A Good Thing 1979; writer-dir BBC TV plays and films: A Mug's Game 1972, Hard Labour 1973, The Permissive Society, Afternoon, A Light Snack, Probation, Old Chums, The Birth Of The 2001 FA Cup Final Goalie 1975, Nuts in May, Knock For Knock 1976, The Kiss of Death, Abigail's Party 1977, Who's Who 1978, Grown-Ups 1980, Home Sweet Home 1982, Four Days In July 1984; writer-dir Channel 4 films: Meantime 1983, The Short And Curlies 1987; writer-dir feature films: Bleak Moments 1971 (Golden Hugo, Chicago Film Festival 1972, Golden Leopard Locarno Film Festival 1972), High Hopes 1988 (Critics' Prize Venice Film Festival 1988, Evening Standard Peter Sellers Best Comedy Award 1990), Life Is Sweet 1990 (winner American Nat Soc of Film Critics' Award, Cariddi D'Oro & Maschera di Polifemo Taormina Film Festival 1991), Naked 1993 (winner Best Direction Cannes Film Festival, 1993), Secrets and Lies 1996 (winner Palme D'Or, Inter Critics' Prize, Ecumenical Prize Cannes Film Festival 1996, 5 Oscar nominations incl Best Dir and Best Screenplay 1997, BAFTA Award for Best Original Screen Play 1997), Career Girls 1997, Topsy-Turvy 1999 (Evening Standard Best Film 2000), All or Nothing 2002, Vera Drake 2005 (3 Oscar nominations incl Best Dir and Best Screenplay), Happy-Go-Lucky 2008, Another Year 2010; Alexander Walker Special Award Evening Standard Br Film Award 2009
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