DarkBlue

Screening and 'In Conversation' with Writer and Director Mike Leigh

Film Screening of Naked (1993), followed by an interview and Q and A with writer and director Mike Leigh.

Award Winning writer and director Mike Leigh has both delighted and provoked audiences for over four decades.

Large Lecture Theatre, Redmonds Building view map & directions

15:00 - 19:00

Register now

Film Screening of Naked (1993), followed by an interview and Q and A with writer and director Mike Leigh.

About this Event

“I like my films. I can’t understand directors who don’t watch their films after they’ve made them. If you don’t like them, how the f*** can you expect anyone else to?” Mike Leigh

Award Winning writer and director Mike Leigh has both delighted and provoked audiences for over four decades. His work evolves with the zeitgeist from the satirical ‘Abigail’s Party (1977)’ and ‘Nuts in May (1976)’, to his razor sharp studies of British culture: ‘Meantime’ (1983), ‘Four Days in July’ (1984) and ‘Naked’(1993), to the more recent Oscar nominated stories of female oppression, ‘Secrets and Lies’ (1996) and ‘Vera Drake’(2004). Using improvisational techniques to create unforgettable characters and performances, his last two film epics, ‘Mr Turner’(2014) and ‘Peterloo’ (2018) saw Leigh’s work expanding cinematically, showcasing his painterly eye, whilst maintaining the acute observation and originality of his earlier work .

' Naked' (1993) Certificate 18

The brilliant and controversial 'Naked', from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and co-stars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

“Naked is the angriest, most bitterly critical attack on the false values of society that Mike Leigh, Britain’s constant chronicler of the tragic comedy of desperate lives, has ever made.” Derek Malcolm.

…the best and most under rated British films in recent history…Johnny makes Look Back in Anger’s Jimmy Porter seem like the Dalai Lama” Ben Myres, The Guardian