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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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Conclusion ‘The journey continues’

Conclusion ‘The journey continues’

(p.196) Conclusion ‘The journey continues’
Mike Leigh

Tony Whitehead

Manchester University Press

This chapter summarises Mike Leigh's achievements. The success of Mike Leigh's film, Vera Drake was followed up by Leigh's triumphant return to the theatre, a medium in which he had not worked since 1993's It's a Great Big Shame! Through his unique methods, he has led his various collaborators in creating a body of work that is utterly distinctive and impressive by any standards. Leigh's many fans cherish his matchless ability to perceive life's funny side at one and at the same time its tragedies. This chapter emphasizes and treats his character as human beings, and therefore as both flawed and admirable. This chapter also draws attention to the fact that, while pursuing his own career uncompromisingly, Leigh has helped the progress of a number of others. Lastly this chapter illustrates that Mike created films that can stand comparison with some of the great cinematic works.

Keywords:   Mike Leigh, Vera Drake, It's a Great Big Shame, dramatic contrivance, film director

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