Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh

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2/20/1943, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England

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Mike Leigh, born on February 20, 1943 in Hertfordshire, England, is a British filmmaker, playwright and theatrical director. He attended numerous schools as a young man, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Art and Design. Leigh worked in the theater during the…more

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    • Mike Leigh: Given the choice of Hollywood or poking steel pins in my eyes, I'd prefer steel pins.

    • Mike Leigh: I remain the guy with no script, who is very unforthcoming about what the film will be about and who won't discuss casting, which is the biggest sin of all. I will not talk about a film, even if there is a massive budget, if there are strings attached about casting.

    • Mike Leigh: In terms of the way I do it and the things I try to say, there is absolutely no distinction between film and theater. There was a long period in the 1970s when I alternated between plays and films. But the real point is that I am much happier making films. Theater is fine when you do it. But film is my natural habitat.

    • Mike Leigh: But now I think I've been remarkably lucky to have made 17 full-length films in which nobody has interfered, ever.

    • Mike Leigh: I've long since stopped worrying about how I'm portrayed in the press because ultimately it's not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do what I do with the greatest integrity.

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