This is a film still from MEANTIME dir Mike Leigh, 1983
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The Garden Cinema presents MIKE LEIGH IN CONVERSATION (08 SEP to 30 OCT 2022)

The Garden Cinema is collaborating with Mike Leigh to discuss his films in a new way. He has designed this season to cover his films in chronological order, allowing time after each screening for an in-depth discussion of the film.

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Mike Leigh wants to discuss his films in a new way. Instead of the usual season, with the occasional Q&As, he has designed this season to cover his films in chronological order. He has allowed sufficient time after each screening for an in-depth discussion of the film’s content and meaning and how this changed over time.

From 8th September to 30th October, Mike Leigh will conduct these conversations with his friend and long-time collaborator, Gary Yershon. This season is divided into two parts exploring the themes in the films as they have been developed over the course of Mike Leigh’s long career.

This is the first such themed retrospective in which Mike Leigh himself discusses his films’ content and meaning.

“The Garden Cinema, on the edge of London’s Covent Garden, is beautiful and is an inspired creation. What is great about the season is that there will be a continuous discussion after each of the films. We will focus on their content and form – not just on how I make them, which is secondary to what the films are actually about.”

Mike Leigh

FILM PROGRAMME – PART ONE

  • BLEAK MOMENTS d. Mike Leigh, 1971 + Mike Leigh in conversation (08 SEP 19:00).
  • HIGH HOPES d. Mike Leigh, 1988 + Mike Leigh in conversation (09 SEP 19:00).
  • LIFE IS SWEET d. Mike Leigh, 1990 + Mike Leigh in conversation (11 SEP 19:00).
  • SECRETS & LIES d. Mike Leigh, 1996 + Mike Leigh in conversation (13 SEP 18:30).
  • ALL OR NOTHING d. Mike Leigh, 2002 + Mike Leigh in conversation (16 SEP 19:00).
  • VERA DRAKE d. Mike Leigh, 2004 + Mike Leigh in conversation (17 SEP 14:30).
  • ANOTHER YEAR d. Mike Leigh, 2010 + Mike Leigh in conversation (17 SEP 19:00).

Opened in March this year, The Garden Cinema – a truly independent cinema – screens repertory seasons and new releases from around the world. It has two screens for 70 and 40 seats and an additional 70-seater is planned. There is also a spacious art deco bar area.

The Garden Cinema presents MIKE LEIGH IN CONVERSATION (08 SEP to 30 OCT 2022), booking now!

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