+ Q&A with Mike Leigh
A masterclass in the blending of farce with pathos.
Playhouse, BBC 1980
Dir Mike Leigh
With Brenda Blethyn, Philip Davis, Lindsay Duncan, Sam Kelly, Lesley Manville, Janine Duvitski
Brenda Blethyn is glorious as Gloria, a demanding busybody in a tight comedy of suburban chaos, switching between a private semi and a council house. Relish the farcical explosion, nailing all six characters in a human chain after Gloria tries to force an entry. Mike Leigh claimed he had only achieved such dense, dramatic writing before in the theatre.
+ The Short and Curlies
Ch4 1987. Dir Mike Leigh. With Alison Steadman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Thewlis, Wendy Nottingham. 18min
A delightful short about a chatty hairdresser and her withdrawn daughter.