Mike Leigh


Poppy is a teacher with a joy for life, despite everything it throws at her.

Image from Happy-Go-Lucky

UK 2008
Dir Mike Leigh
With Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Karina Fernandez
Certificate 15

Sally Hawkins is outstanding as Poppy, the relentlessly optimistic primary school teacher who doesn’t allow herself to be brought down by the bad behaviour and challenging views of those around her – including Scott (Marsan), who is simmering, opinionated and difficult, and her judgmental sister, who can’t accept Poppy’s sunny disposition at face value. This is Leigh at his best – funny, raw, uncomfortable and truthful.

The screening on Sunday 24 November will feature a Q&A with Mike Leigh.