Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mike Leigh welcomes new film tears

(Left - right) Ruth Sheen, Mike Leigh, Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent at the gala screening of Another Year
(Left - right) Ruth Sheen, Mike Leigh, Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent at the gala screening of Another Year

Director Mike Leigh has presented his latest "emotional, tragic-comic feast" at London Film Festival, and welcomed the news that the film had already moved many to tears.

The director was joined on the red carpet by actors Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen who star in the film, called Another Year.

The film, which is set in London and is about a happily married couple and their lonely friends and relatives, is another tear-jerker to add to Leigh's oeuvre, which includes Vera Drake, and the Bafta-winning Secrets and Lies.

Leigh said: "If people are crying in the cinema, that's caring, that's being moved emotionally. What's the point of a film where you walk out the cinema and you've forgotten the whole thing?

"I try to deliver up an emotional, tragi-comic feast that the audience can walk away from with a great deal to work on and to digest, and to ponder and reflect."

The 67-year-old also praised his cast, who help him create the story during months of work-shopping.

Leigh said: "I don't have a script, I just work with really good actors.

"It's great to get people together and to create interesting, new material. I never adapt scripts or work from scripts other people have written. It's about getting out there and inventing something."

Broadbent said working with Leigh was much easier than is often thought.

He said: "It's a unique experience and it takes a long time - five months - before you even see a camera so you're developing and doing your research, and then you get to be doing the improvising and you distil a very tight script and you've done so much beforehand that the actual acting and being in character is the easiest thing in the world."

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