Mike Leigh

High Hopes

Leigh tackles politics head on in this sharp London-based satire with heart.

Image from High Hopes

UK 1998
Dir Mike Leigh
With Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Lesley Manville, Philip Jackson
Digital restoration
Certificate 15

Mike Leigh’s first 35mm feature film in 17 years was as strong as his best TV films, and Leigh described it as his third overtly political film (after Meantime and Four Days in July). Here, he takes on Thatcherism, socialism, the gentrification of working-class streets, ageing parents and procreation. Watch out for the London locations around King’s Cross, Highgate Cemetery and the Lloyds building in the City. Sharp satire, with tender sentiments.

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The screening on Tuesday 2 November will feature a Q&A with Mike Leigh.