Director Mike Leigh talks to Alan Yentob about his unique body of work and struggle to make films on his own terms. Actors he has worked with discuss his distinctive methods.
In a revealing documentary, Mike Leigh, director of Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and Abigail's Party among many others, talks to Alan Yentob about a unique body of work and a lifelong struggle to make films on his own terms.
On day one of a Mike Leigh film, there is no script, no story and the actors do not know if they will even be in the final film. It is a process that has yielded some of cinema's most celebrated performances, and Leigh's new film Mr Turner is already winning critical acclaim.
Actors including Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Sally Hawkins, Lesley Manville and James Corden give fascinating insights into the director and his distinctive method of working.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Interviewed Guest||Mike Leigh|
|Interviewed Guest||Jim Broadbent|
|Interviewed Guest||Eddie Marsan|
|Interviewed Guest||Sally Hawkins|
|Interviewed Guest||Lesley Manville|
|Interviewed Guest||James Corden|
|Series Editor||Alan Yentob|
|Executive Producer||Tanya Hudson|