Mike Leigh in conversation with Mark Lawson
Mark Lawson, Mike Leigh
Maverick director and writer Mike Leigh has had a huge impact on British cinema and theatre. Salford born, he loves to describe ordinary lives, achieving a body of work far from ordinary. Whether for the stage or the screen, he has developed a unique style of authorship: he assembles a few actors, weeks of long conversations evolve through secret rehearsals into creating the characters and the final story. His triumphant return to the stage with Two Thousand Years saw him address Jewish identity for the first time.
Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four.
Mike Leigh won the Best Director Award at Cannes for Naked and the Palme d’Or for Secrets & Lies. Topsy Turvy and Vera Drake also won him international awards. His stage plays include Abigail’s Party, Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy.