Mike Leigh OBE
Sue Lawley's castaway is director Mike Leigh OBE.
The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is the filmmaker and director Mike Leigh. He first came to public attention on a dark and stormy evening when 16 million people tuned to BBC1 to watch his film Abigail's Party. It was also the night that ITV was blacked out by a strike, there was a highbrow documentary on BBC2, and Channel 4 didn't exist. His recent films Secrets and Lies and Naked won top awards at Cannes, building on the recognition he received for his earlier, more gentle portrait of working-class life - Life is Sweet. He explains to Sue Lawley how his early films were inspired by the work of Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and Francois Truffaut.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Clarinet Concerto in A Clarinet Concerto in A Major K622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Luxury: Lavatory and lavatory paper
So please you, sir (from The Mikado)Librettist: William Gilbert.
Mean Old Bedbug Blues
- Bessie Smith, The Collection.
- La Nouvelle Vague (The French New Wave).
Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (from Nabucco)
- Deutsche Grammophon.
Ballad of Mack the Knife (from The Threepenny Opera)
- Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill.
Enigma Variations - Dorabella
- Elgar Cello Concerto, Op 85, Enigma Variations.
- CBS Masterworks.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Concerto in A major
- Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante.
The Long Day Closes
- Sweet And Low, Glees And Partsongs.
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lavatory and lavatory paper
|Interviewed Guest||Mike Leigh|
- Sun 21 Sep 1997 12:15
- Fri 26 Sep 1997 09:05