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MIKE LEIGH was born in 1943 in Salford, Lancs. He studied at RADA and the London Film School. He is best known for Nuts in May and Abigail’s Party on TV and the films Naked, Life is Sweet, Secrets and Lies and Vera Drake. His most recent film, Another Year, opened to huge critical and audience acclaim at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He currently lives in Muswell Hill, North London.

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Ecstasy
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Ecstasy

Mike Leigh
 
Jean works in a garage and consoles herself with drink and perfunctory sex. Jean's insistent neighbour Dawn and Dawn's Irish labourer husband, Mick, and Mick's spineless mucker, Len all join her in a funny, drunken, sad celebration of their mutual affection and bleak lives.

Review
'His strength is in his satirical observation of English tribal customs ... Like Ayckbourn, he uses farce to expose the dire consequences of emotional cruelty: the result is both consistently funny and extremely disturbing.'  Michael Billington, Guardian



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Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-137-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Smelling a Rat
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Smelling a Rat

Mike Leigh
 
As characters are forced to hide in wardrobes to avoid unexpected visitors, the comedy frantically approaches farce, but the drama is continuously underscored by Leigh's trademark ability to create conversations that are both painful and hilarious in their banal accuracy.

Also available from Mike Leigh: Ecstasy





Cast : 3M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-316-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB