British filmmaker Mike Leigh talks about his long career of making movies that capture the socio-political zeitgeist of difficult times through the lived experiences of ordinary people.
In this video, writer John Doran meets the critically-acclaimed British director and hero of the kitchen-sink drama Mike Leigh to discuss his knack for capturing the socio-political zeitgeist of difficult times in British history, via the lived experiences of ordinary people.
Though perhaps his films of late have taken a different turn, with biopic Mr. Turner, the more gentile Another Year, and his upcoming picture based around the Peterloo Massacre, Leigh's vigor and undying interest in the often painful calamity of the human condition remains. In this edition of VICE Talks Film, he goes into how his early life in suburban Manchester, England, contributed heavily to his themes, and how the sense of impending doom related to the dawn of the millennium.
With Britain in a state of troubled economic and social flux, is the apocalyptic nature of Leigh's early works Bleak Moments, Meantime, and Naked more relevant today than ever?