Mike Leigh in Conversation

Thu 08 Sep — Sun 30 Oct 2022

The Garden Cinema presents Mike Leigh in Conversation, a curated retrospective in two parts, exploring the themes of his work as they have developed over the course of his career.


All screenings will be followed by an in-depth discussion about their themes and content. Mike Leigh himself will be our guide, joined by friend and collaborator Gary Yershon.

Bleak Moments PG

United Kingdom, 1971, Mike Leigh, 106m
Mike Leigh announced himself as a unique, powerful new voice in British cinema with Bleak Moments, a stunning debut and a… Read More

High Hopes 15

United Kingdom, 1988, Mike Leigh, 112m
True to its title, this satire is one of Mike Leigh’s warmest and most optimistic films—though it’s still laced with more… Read More

Life is Sweet 15

United Kingdom, 1990, Mike Leigh, 104m
An intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London—an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and… Read More

Secrets & Lies 15

United Kingdom, 1996, Mike Leigh, 142m
An exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships. When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a Black optometrist who was… Read More

All or Nothing 18

United Kingdom, 2002, Mike Leigh, 128m
Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the… Read More

Vera Drake 12A

United Kingdom, 2004, Mike Leigh, 125m
London, 1950: Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel. They are not rich, but… Read More

Another Year 12A

United Kingdom, 2010, Mike Leigh, 129m
Over the course of four seasons, Another Year explores the life of a sublimely happy older married couple, Tom and Gerri (Jim… Read More

Meantime 15

United Kingdom, 1983, Mike Leigh, 102m
A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s Meantime is the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television.… Read More

Naked 18

United Kingdom, 1993, Mike Leigh, 132m
Johnny, (David Thewlis) is a frenetic and destructive outsider who tears through the lives of others like an emotional tornado. On… Read More

Career Girls 15

United Kingdom, 1997, Mike Leigh, 87m
Career Girls looks at two young career women of 30 who meet up after a long period apart and rediscover the relationship… Read More

Topsy-Turvy 12A

United Kingdom, 1999, Mike Leigh, 160m
The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the… Read More

Happy-Go-Lucky 15

United Kingdom, 2008, Mike Leigh, 118m
Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is an irrepressibly cheerful primary school teacher who won't let anyone or anything get her down. Living with… Read More

Mr. Turner 12A

United Kingdom, 2014, Mike Leigh, 150m
Mike Leigh’s exultant cinematic portrait of the artist J.M.W. Turner is both a luminous tribute to the master of light and… Read More

Peterloo 12A

United Kingdom, 2018, Mike Leigh, 154m
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field… Read More