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Tony Whitehead

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072369

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072369.001.0001

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‘Welcome to the family’: Secrets and Lies

‘Welcome to the family’: Secrets and Lies

(p.114) 7 ‘Welcome to the family’: Secrets and Lies
Mike Leigh

Tony Whitehead

Manchester University Press

This chapter draws attention to Mike Leigh's feature film, Secrets and Lies that proved to be his most popular film, winning the Palme d'Or and the International Critics' Prize at Cannes and receiving five Oscar nominations. This chapter draws attention to the fact that this film received a wider UK release than any of his previous work and made huge profit at the box office. The film had also marked a turning point in that it moved Thin Man Films into the European co-production market, funding from the French company CiBY 2000 affording Leigh around twice the budget he had had for his earlier films. Secrets and Lies deals with big issues—among them are love, death, marriage, race, adoption, estrangement and the inability to conceive children.

Keywords:   Mike Leigh, Thin Man Films, European co-production market, Secrets and Lies, Naked, French company CiBY 2000

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