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Mike Leigh, director of such classic films as "Secrets & Lies," "Vera Drake," "Topsy-Turvy," and "Happy-Go-Lucky" is gaining long overdue awards recognition at this year's Zurich Film Festival The longtime writer and film director is set to receive the Golden Eye award on October 3rd. In conjunction with the festival award, Leigh will also be teaching a master class to the public, and a retrospective of his most notable works will play during the festival's Sept. 24th — Oct. 4th run. Other distinguished winners of the Golden Eye award include filmmakers Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and Michael Haneke. Leigh previously won the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and the Director Award at Cannes for "Naked." »
- Ruben Guevara
British director Mike Leigh, who has been Oscar nominated seven times, will receive the “A Tribute to…” Golden Eye award at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4.
Leigh will collect the award during a ceremony on Oct. 3 and also conduct a public masterclass during the festival. Additionally, the festival will screen a retrospective of some of his most notable works.
Leigh was Oscar nominated twice each for “Secrets & Lies” and “Vera Drake,” and also for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Another Year.” He won the director award at Cannes for “Naked” and the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and Venice’s Golden Lion for “Vera Drake.” Along with fellow directors Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, he was part of the New British Cinema movement, which has provided a social critique of Britain over the past three decades.
- Seth Kelley
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Mr. Turner," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here. Read More: Why Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner,' Starring Timothy Spall, is a Masterful Biopic There's acting and then there's losing yourself to a role. Timothy Spall came very close to the latter in bringing legendary British painter J.M. W. Turner to the screen for Mike Leigh's latest, "Mr. Turner." The biopic marks Leigh's first one in 15 years, following 1999's "Topsy-Turvy," in which Spall, a Leigh regular, played a supporting role. As Spall told Indiewire, Leigh first approached him about the project seven years ago. Four years later, Spall found himself "walking around London, feeling a bit enigmatically depressed as actors often do, »
- Nigel M Smith
During August 1819 in Manchester, a peaceful protest of tens of thousands seeking parliamentary reform was shut down by the British calvary at St. Peter's Field. Dubbed Peterloo, the massacre saw 700 working people injured and 18 killed. That's the subject of director Mike Leigh's next film, which will shoot in 2017 in collaboration with Thin Man Films and producer Georgina Lowe, who has worked with Mike Leigh since 1993's "Naked." Leigh's Oscar-nominated "Mr. Turner" cinematographer Dick Pope also returns. A native of Manchester and Salford, Leigh will be the first director to put this story to film. This marks his fourth period feature after "Topsy-Turvy" and "Vera Drake," both co-produced by Lowe, and "Mr. Turner," Leigh's biggest box office success overseas. Joining Leigh, who is currently rehearsing "Pirates of Penzance" for the English National Opera, and Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Mike Leigh’s next project will look at Peterloo — the 1819 massacre by British government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when 700 people were injured, and 18 killed.
The film, which will shoot in 2017, will reunite the writer-director with his regular team of collaborators from Thin Man Films, headed by producer Georgina Lowe and cinematographer Dick Pope, recent BAFTA and Oscar nominee for Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”
“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” said Leigh. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”
“Peterloo” will be Leigh’s fourth period feature, following “Topsy-Turvy” and “Vera Drake,” and, most recently, “Mr. Turner,” recipient of four Oscar nominations and four BAFTA nominations. “Mr. Turner” is also Leigh’s biggest box office hit yet, »
- Leo Barraclough
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Leigh said: “What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. I’m moved, delighted and surprised.”
This Saturday, the day before the ceremony in London, the writer-director will join a number of close colleagues and friends »
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London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Mike Leigh with the BAFTA Fellowship, its highest accolade, at the film awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in London.
The annual award is given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Those previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, described Leigh as “one of Britain’s finest filmmakers.” She added: “He is a true innovator, an artist and an exceptional filmmaker.”
Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at the Camberwell and Central Schools of Art and at the London Film School, of which he is now the chairman. »
- Leo Barraclough
Any occasion where we see the union of two talents like Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent is reason for celebration. Hawkins absolutely blew me away in “Blue Jasmine,” giving that film’s most un-affected, resolutely human performance, and dutifully managed to tread through the veritable sea of bad dialogue and questionable character motivation inherent in the script for Gareth Edwards’ not-entirely-terrible “Godzilla” reboot. Broadbent, meanwhile, is a man who needs no introduction. He’s one of our finest living actors, having lent his chameleonic quality to varying films like Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” and Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz.” They are two of our most considerable working actors and in this new short film—an emotionally brutal piece of minimalist storytelling called “The Phone Call”—we get to see them square off against each other, even if Broadbent »
- Nicholas Laskin
As a young actor, Vincent Franklin was told he’d be lucky to make it to the bottom of the credits. He’s been proving them wrong ever since. Probably best known as the Tory spin doctor in The Thick of It, he tells how he landed the plum role in Cucumber, Russell T Davies’s 21st-century take on Queer as Folk
At the end of his time studying drama at Bristol Old Vic, Vincent Franklin found himself listening to a bloke from the BBC, who’d been brought in for a couple of days to give the students an inkling as to how they might fare in the spangly world of telly. For Franklin, a market trader’s son from Bradford who was supporting himself by working shifts in a Clifton restaurant, it didn’t go very well. Even though he was still a young man, he was, the kindly eminence grise pointed out, »
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