Mike Leigh Quotes

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Mike Leigh Quotes

The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that its not all about characters, relationships and themes, its also about place and the poetry of place. Its about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
— Mike Leigh —

My work requires acting at its most committed - it demands actors of enormous resilience, but also intelligence and wit. It doesn't work for narcissistic or selfish actors.

— Mike Leigh

I think it's important that nobody forgets that although Hollywood commercially dominates the world cinema, in fact what comes out of the filmmaking here is only a tiny slice out of the massive amount of operation that goes on around the world.

— Mike Leigh

The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.

— Mike Leigh

There's a constant drip and trickle of life that goes into one's awareness really and consciousness of things.

— Mike Leigh

Given the events of even the 19th century, Zionism was inevitable. Given the events of the 20th century, Israel was inevitable.

— Mike Leigh

I'm developing the stuff all the time. There's a film in my head. I'm imagining a film.

— Mike Leigh

It creeps up on you and becomes an obsession. It comes out of watching a million movies.

— Mike Leigh

The main problem is that the Hollywood system has already made the film before the director shoots a single frame.

— Mike Leigh

I really think people are greatly stimulated and enriched by experiencing in film just as we can from novels and other art, experiencing things that resonate with what our lives are about. I think people really want to know ... want to share, want to have the stimulus to think and care about the way they live their lives, the way they relate to other people, their aspirations, their hopes, et cetera.

— Mike Leigh

When it comes to thinking about how a character talks, there are literary and language considerations. For actors to be able to differentiate between themselves and the characters they are playing while at the same time remain in character and spontaneous requires a sophisticated combination of skills and spirit.

— Mike Leigh

I grew up looking at ... going to the movies a lot, as much as they'd let you. I grew up in Manchester in the north of England in the '40s and '50s. I saw a lot of movies. They were all Hollywood and British movies. I didn't see a film that wasn't in English until I was 17 when I went to London to be a student.

— Mike Leigh

When I was young I used to sit in the cinema thinking wouldn't it be great if you could have a film in which the characters were like real people instead of being like actors.

— Mike Leigh

I can't really see how anybody could be particularly optimistic about the future in general because we are destroying the planet.

— Mike Leigh

I HAVE TO GET OUT OF BED EVERY DAY TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.

— Mike Leigh

In the first place, I'm pretty thorough about whom I choose. I instinctively look for the kind of actor who is going to be trusting. There are all kinds of insecure people out there called actors.

— Mike Leigh

The reason my films work is because every actor on set is very secure. They're able to fly.

— Mike Leigh

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