This Cultural Life 5 December 2021: ‘Mike Leigh’ on BBC Four

Mike Leigh – Series 1 Episode 3 of 8 – Film director Mike Leigh talks to John Wilson about the art and experiences that have shaped his own creative life.

Leigh recalls his early life in Salford and reveals how a life-drawing class at art college proved a formative influence on his later career. He discusses his discovery of world cinema in the 1960s and the particular impact of the French New Wave, and explains his unique film-making process in which actors develop roles through improvisation.

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