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Naked(18). Secrets & Lies(15)
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Meantime(15)  High Hopes(15)

Sat 23 February

ZZ All Or Nothing(18) Vera Drake(12A)

Plus Q&A with Mike Leigh and Andrew Dickson.

Mike Leigh is a giant of British Cinema. His cinematic debut came in 1971 with Bleak Moments and was described by the critic, Roger Ebert as, ‘a masterpiece, plain and simple’. He has never looked back.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years his story-telling on film has captured the detail of ordinary people’s lives.
He says, ‘My films are about humanity, so there’s always love, warmth and humour…. I never made a film that is exclusively bleak’.

A Mike Leigh Film Festival you would expect. A Mike Leigh Film Festival in Bridport, Dorset may seem a little less likely and yet, here it is.

We are thrilled and delighted that Mike has agreed to attend this, our very first festival of his films. He will be here in person for all four days and at the end of each day will take part in a Q & A accompanied by award-winning composer Andrew Dickson, who wrote the score for six of the seven films we have chosen.

‘Working with Andrew Dickson was for me always an endlessly exciting and refreshing experience. His beautiful scores for my films started from his deeply emotional response to the material. Eschewing conventional musical clichés, and through a gloriously idiosyncratic kind of alchemy, he would arrive at a unique and pure sound – rich, evocative, melancholy, witty, tuneful, and always quite unlike any other film music you’ve ever heard.

Savour his imaginative choice of instruments – his delectable harmonica (‘High Hopes’), his sweeping harp (’Naked’), his haunting evocation of children’s voices (‘Vera Drake’), or the wonderfully quirky combo of ’tack’ piano and saxophone he uses to enrich ‘Meantime’. This is not just any old film music, it’s music for the soul’.

The final film of the festival is his latest, the much anticipated and critically acclaimed, Peterloo.

How often do you have the chance to watch seven outstanding films and then meet the writer and director as well as the composer?  This is a wonderful opportunity to do just that and to ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask.  Not to be missed.

Sat 23 Feb

16:00 All Or Nothing (18) (2002) 128 mins
Tough lives. Sadness and misunderstanding on a London housing estate. A life-threatening crisis, and love rediscovered.

19:00 Vera Drake (12A) (2004) 125 mins
The tragedy of a heroic, generous, caring wife and mother who helps women with unwanted pregnancies. Winner of the Venice Golden Lion, the film is set some years before the 1967 Abortion Act.

21:10 Q&A with Mike Leigh and Andrew Dickson


READ the full Mike Leigh Film Festival programme

READ more about the films in this festival




Mike Leigh image courtesy of Myrna Suárez.


Sat 23 February




Festival tickets are sold on a 'per day' basis. This ensures customers have the same reserved seat for each film and the Q&A with Mike Leigh & Andrew Dickson.




£14 adv / £16 door