Mike Leigh’s Choices

October-November 2021

The films that have inspired the director, in his own words.

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    A profound, wise masterpiece of exquisite formal perfection and overwhelming emotional power.

  • Jules et Jim

    Jules et Jim

    Revisit the French New Wave classic that steals everyone’s hearts.

  • I Am Cuba

    I Am Cuba

    Four separate stories, bound together by a female narrator, the voice of Cuba.

  • A Blonde in Love (aka Loves of a Blonde)

    A Blonde in Love (aka Loves of a Blonde)

    A glorious example of Czech New Wave cinema, hugely admired by Mike Leigh.

  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs

    The Tree of Wooden Clogs

    Ermanno Olmi’s profound and moving study of peasant life in rural Lombardy in 1898.

  • Radio Days

    Radio Days

    A joyous kaleidoscopic cornucopia of characters, and a feast of 1940s popular music.

  • H3

    H3

    In his powerful drama, Les Blair looks at the 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison near Belfast.

  • H3 + Q&A with director Les Blair

    H3 + Q&A with director Les Blair

    In his powerful drama, Les Blair looks at the 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison near Belfast.

  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

    The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

    A quirky biopic about one of the most famous theatrical partnerships.