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Mike Lee

Biography

Republican politician who became a US Senator from Utah in 2011 and is well known for promoting conventional principles. Before getting into the Senate he was the Lawyer General of america through the Reagan administration. After graduation from rules college, he clerked for judge and potential Supreme Courtroom Justice Samuel Alito. He was often encircled by politics, we were young he visited college with Senator Strom Thurmond’s little girl and resided three doorways down from Senator Robert Byrd. His dad served within the Reagan Administration and afterwards was selected Leader of Brigham Youthful University. He visited the same college as the little girl of Senator Strom Thurmond.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mike Lee
Date Of Birth June 11, 1983
Died November 24, 2008, Darlington, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Billings, MT
Profession Bull Rider
Education Brigham Young University
Nationality American
Spouse Sharon Lee
Children John David Lee, James Rex Lee, Eliza Rose Lee
Parents Rex E. Lee, Janet Lee
Siblings Thomas Rex Lee
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Mother was a midwife.
2President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.
3Interviewed in "World Directors in Dialogue" by Bert Cardullo (Scarecrow Press, 2011).
4Has directed 3 actresses in Oscar-nominated performances: Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Imelda Staunton.
5His top 10 films of all time are: The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), Tokyo Story (1953), Soy Cuba (1964), The 400 Blows (1959), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), Sånger från andra våningen (2000), Some Like It Hot (1959), Radio Days (1987), Seven Chances (1925) and How a Mosquito Operates (1912).
6When actors audition for him, he asks them to sit at a table while he observes.
7He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and television culture.
8Chairman of the London Film School.
9Parents met in 1936 in Manchester.
10Has two sons, Toby Leigh and Leo Leigh
11Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival in 1997.
12His family were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (including Russia).
13Father was a doctor.
14Graduated from RADA.
15Became an Associate Member of RADA.
16His play, "Abigail's Party", performed at the New Ambassador's Theatre, was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Revival of 2002.
17He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1993 Queen's Honours List for his services to the film industry.
18Most of his work in theatre and film is done without any initial script. He and the actors improvise their characters and the scenes under his overall control.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Turner2014
A Running Jump2012Short
Another Year2010
Happy-Go-Lucky2008
Vera Drake2004
All or Nothing2002
Topsy-Turvy1999
Career Girls1997
Secrets & Lies1996
Naked1993
A Sense of History1992TV Short
Life Is Sweet1990
The Short & Curlies1988TV Short
High Hopes1988
Four Days in July1984TV Movie
Meantime1984TV Movie
Five-Minute Films1982TV Series short 5 episodes
Play for Today1973-1982TV Series 6 episodes
BBC2 Playhouse1980TV Series 1 episode
Second City Firsts1975-1976TV Series 2 episodes
Scene1973TV Series documentary 1 episode
Bleak Moments1971

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Turner2014written by
A Running Jump2012Short written by
Another Year2010written by
Happy-Go-Lucky2008writer
Vera Drake2004written by
All or Nothing2002written by
Topsy-Turvy1999written by
Career Girls1997written by
Secrets & Lies1996written by
Naked1993writer
Life Is Sweet1990
The Short & Curlies1988TV Short written by
High Hopes1988writer
Four Days in July1984TV Movie deviser
Meantime1984TV Movie deviser
Five-Minute Films1982TV Series short deviser - 5 episodes
Play for TodayTV Series devised by - 4 episodes, 1977 - 1982 deviser - 2 episodes, 1973 - 1976
BBC2 Playhouse1980TV Series devised by - 1 episode
Second City Firsts1975-1976TV Series deviser - 2 episodes
Bleak Moments1971scenario

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Chisholm's A-Z of Extraordinary Sexual Fetishes2005TV Movie
Two Left Feet1965Jim (uncredited)
Maigret1963TV SeriesPaul
West 111963Bit Role (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Anarchist2012Short thanks
Boot Polish2007Short very special thanks
Four Eyes2007Short thanks
Waiting for Sunrise2005Short very special thanks
Welcome to Hollywood1998special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHimself
The Reel Britain2014Documentary shortHimself
Días de cine2014TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 31996-2014TV SeriesHimself
Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
BAFTA Britannia Awards Special 20142014TV SpecialHimself
Here Is Your Life: An Introduction by Mike Leigh2014Documentary shortHimself
Mr. Turner: The Many Colours of Mr. Turner2014Video shortHimself - Director
Channel 4 News2013TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Leigh Method2011Video shortHimself
Faulks on Fiction2011TV Series documentaryHimself
In Confidence2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Many Faces of...2010TV Series documentaryHimself
At the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
The Culture Show2004-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Film '722010TV SeriesHimself
Mike Leigh & Lesley Manville on Another Year2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The One Show2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Review2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHimself
Jean-Luc Cinema Godard2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marlow meets...2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Vittorio D.2009DocumentaryHimself
Cannes Moments2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2009TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Behind the Wheel of Happy-Go-Lucky2009Video documentary shortHimself
Looking for Truffaut2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy-Go-Lucky: B-Roll2008Video documentary shortHimself
Happy-Go-Lucky: Mike Leigh's Characters2008Video documentary shortHimself
Secret's Out2008TV SeriesHimself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies2008TV SeriesHimself
Mike Leigh and Meantime2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mike Leigh in Conversation2008VideoHimself
Sunday AM2008TV SeriesHimself
All About 'Abigail's Party'2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2002-2005TV SeriesHimself
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2005VideoHimself - Presenter and Nominee 'Vera Drake'
Vera Drake: Cast and Crew Documentary2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director
The 2004 European Film Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Cinema16: British Short Films2003VideoHimself - Commentary, The Short & Curlies (voice)
The South Bank Show2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Gist2002TV MovieHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mike Leigh: The BBC Collection - The Conversation2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Conversation2000Video documentary shortHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Le cinéma britannique aujourd'hui, la tradition des francs-tireurs1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Welcome to Hollywood1998Himself
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Pesel Ha'Zahav1998DocumentaryHimself
Funny Women1997TV Series documentary shortHimself
Queen: Made in Heaven1997Documentary
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
Mike Leigh on Secrets and Lies1996Video documentary shortHimself
The Little Picture Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Le cercle de minuit1993TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Arena1982TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sky News: Sunrise2009TV SeriesHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015A Tribute to... AwardZurich Film Festival
2015Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Film
2014Best DirectorSeville European Film FestivalMr. Turner (2014)
2014Asecan AwardSeville European Film FestivalSpecial MentionMr. Turner (2014)
2014Lifetime Achievement AwardStockholm Film Festival

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2014Britannia AwardBAFTA/LA Britannia AwardsJohn Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in DirectingMr. Turner (2014)
2011ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2011AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Another Year (2010)
2010Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special MentionCannes Film FestivalAnother Year (2010)
2010CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Ten of the Year - Audience AwardHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008Most Enjoyable Film (Theatre Owners)Norwegian International Film FestivalHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008Golden ArenaPula Film FestivalInternational Competition: Best DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in DirectingSan Francisco International Film Festival
2008Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2005ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearVera Drake (2004)
2005ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearVera Drake (2004)
2005David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsVera Drake (2004)
2005BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
2005Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest FilmVera Drake (2004)
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardGotham Awards
2004SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalVera Drake (2004)
2004Golden LionVenice Film FestivalVera Drake (2004)
2004British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorVera Drake (2004)
2002Taormina Arte AwardTaormina International Film Festival
2001Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest FilmTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000Dilys Powell AwardLondon Critics Circle Film Awards
2000NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000Panorama Jury PrizeSarajevo Film FestivalTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1999NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1999VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1999Special AwardCamerimageBest Duo: Director - Cinematographer· Dick Pope
1998Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmSecrets & Lies (1996)
1998Readers' Choice AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Critics AwardFrench Syndicate of Cinema CriticsBest Foreign FilmSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997GoyaGoya AwardsBest European Film (Mejor Película Europea)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997Guild Film Award - SilverGuild of German Art House CinemasForeign Film (Ausländischer Film)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film CategorySecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Critics AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997Silver SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalCareer Girls (1997)
1997Youth Jury Award - Special MentionValladolid International Film FestivalCompetitionCareer Girls (1997)
1997Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsSecrets & Lies (1996)· Simon Channing Williams
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1996LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
1996Michael Balcon AwardBAFTA Awards
1996BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996Prize of the Ecumenical JuryCannes Film FestivalSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996Lifetime Achievement AwardEmpire Awards, UK
1993FIPRESCI PrizeKrakow Film FestivalA Sense of History (1992)
1993Metro Media AwardToronto International Film FestivalNaked (1993)
1993Best DirectorCannes Film FestivalNaked (1993)
1993Best International FilmCinéfest SudburyNaked (1993)
1993Audience AwardClermont-Ferrand International Short Film FestivalInternational CompetitionA Sense of History (1992)
1993Special Mention of the JuryClermont-Ferrand International Short Film FestivalInternational CompetitionA Sense of History (1992)
1992BodilBodil AwardsBest European Film (Bedste europæiske film)Life Is Sweet (1990)
1991Golden CharybdisTaormina International Film FestivalLife Is Sweet (1990)
1990Peter Sellers Award for ComedyEvening Standard British Film AwardsHigh Hopes (1988)
1988FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalParallel SectionsHigh Hopes (1988)
1984Reader Jury of the "Zitty"Berlin International Film FestivalMeantime (1984)
1972Golden LeopardLocarno International Film FestivalBleak Moments (1971)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearMr. Turner (2014)
2014EuroCinema Hawai'i AwardHawaii International Film FestivalBest FilmMr. Turner (2014)
2014SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest DirectorMr. Turner (2014)
2014SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay, OriginalMr. Turner (2014)
2014British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorMr. Turner (2014)
2014Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMr. Turner (2014)
2012Gopos AwardGopo Awards, RomaniaBest European FilmAnother Year (2010)
2012RobertRobert FestivalBest Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)Another Year (2010)
2012BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke-amerikanske film)Another Year (2010)
2012Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorAnother Year (2010)
2012Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2011ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorAnother Year (2010)
2011Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest European Director (Regista del Miglior Film Europeo)Another Year (2010)
2011ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearAnother Year (2010)
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2011Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsAnother Year (2010)· Georgina Lowe
2011Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ScreenwriterAnother Year (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Original ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalAnother Year (2010)
2011DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest European Film (Miglior Film dell'Unione Europea)Another Year (2010)
2011Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest FilmAnother Year (2010)
2010ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAnother Year (2010)
2010British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorAnother Year (2010)
2010Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalAnother Year (2010)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Film of the YearHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2009Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008Sydney Film PrizeSydney Film FestivalBest FilmHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Original ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2006RobertRobert FestivalBest Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)Vera Drake (2004)
2006BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke-amerikanske film)Vera Drake (2004)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingVera Drake (2004)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayVera Drake (2004)
2005Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsVera Drake (2004)· Simon Channing Williams
· Alain Sarde
2005BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalVera Drake (2004)
2005Golden Kinnaree AwardBangkok International Film FestivalBest FilmVera Drake (2004)
2005Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayVera Drake (2004)
2005DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest European Film (Miglior Film dell'Unione Europea)Vera Drake (2004)
2005DGGB AwardDirectors Guild of Great BritainOutstanding Directorial Achievement in British FilmVera Drake (2004)
2004British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ScreenplayVera Drake (2004)
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearAll or Nothing (2002)
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearAll or Nothing (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalAll or Nothing (2002)
2002Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalAll or Nothing (2002)
2002Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureAll or Nothing (2002)
2002European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean DirectorAll or Nothing (2002)
2002Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European DirectorAll or Nothing (2002)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsTopsy-Turvy (1999)· Simon Channing Williams
2000BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1999Golden LionVenice Film FestivalTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1998Silver CondorArgentinean Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997Best FilmMar del Plata Film FestivalInternational CompetitionCareer Girls (1997)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalCareer Girls (1997)
1997Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalCareer Girls (1997)
1997WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmSecrets & Lies (1996)· Simon Channing Williams
1997David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Secrets & Lies (1996)
1997DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplaySecrets & Lies (1996)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmNaked (1993)
1994Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsNaked (1993)· Simon Channing Williams
1994CableACECableACE AwardsInternational Theatrical Special or SeriesA Sense of History (1992)· Simon Channing Williams (producer)
· Jim Broadbent (writer)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Short FilmA Sense of History (1992)· Simon Channing Williams
1993Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalNaked (1993)
1993Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureNaked (1993)
1992Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmLife Is Sweet (1990)
1990Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmHigh Hopes (1988)
1988BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Short FilmThe Short & Curlies (1988)
1984Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureMeantime (1984)
1972Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureBleak Moments (1971)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest DirectorHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2008BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2004Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalVera Drake (2004)
1999NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayTopsy-Turvy (1999)
1997NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorSecrets & Lies (1996)
1992NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorLife Is Sweet (1990)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorMr. Turner (2014)
2008ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky (2008)
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorNaked (1993)


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#Quote
1[on Phil Davis] The fascinating thing about Phil is that we've worked together from him being a naughty youth to a middle-aged man. He's completely rigorous, intelligent, rooted and with a sense of the real world. He's up for trying anything. Completely creative. And a very nice bloke. The interesting thing about him, however, is this: he's an actor of immense scope and versatility, but don't ask him to do an accent.
2[from his eulogy at Bingham Ray's memorial] His imagination, his passion, his wonderful, endless naivete combined with sophistication. It's been said that he was completely honest. For those of us who loved him and monitored the ups and down of his checkered career, this was a man who was undoubtedly stabbed in the back by people. And we know that, to some extent he was a victim of his own innocence.
3The basic problem with television films is that even if they get a repeat, or, in extraordinary circumstance two repeats, the rest is generally shelf-life.
4You make films for people to see. I like my films. I haven't made a film I don't like. I don't sit and watch them all the time - that would be stupid! - but I can watch them and I'm pleased that they're out there. Sure, there are things I'd do differently now, but each film comes out of its own time. I mean, people have done amazing things on my films, on both sides of the camera. So to me, the films themselves are a celebration of filmmaking. I'm positive about it.
5I haven't made a film that, in some form, didn't come out of direct experience. All or Nothing (2002) has some very personal, autobiographical, emotional stuff in it, which I won't particularly enumerate. I made Secrets & Lies (1996) because I was concerned with adoption. There are people close to me who had adoption-related experiences, so I decided to explore that. And once I looked into it I realised what was more interesting to investigate was not so much a family with an adoptee, but the relationship between the birth mother and the adopted person. I made Vera Drake (2004) because a) I remember a particular woman who, I realised later, was an abortionist when I was a kid, and b) I'm old enough to have been around at a time when people had to get illegal abortions. I was very fortunate in that I never actually got any body into trouble myself, but I was actually there on several occasions, and was involved in the organisation of illegal abortions on three occasions, just as a friend. So "Vera Drake" came out of that experience.
6I like Ken [Ken Loach], we always get on. We make very different films from very different perspectives. He makes unapologetically propagandist films with a very clear political agenda. You are left in no doubt about what he's trying to say to you when you see one of his films. On the other hand, I hope you have a great deal of doubt about what I'm trying to say to you when you see one of my films. I hope that you never walk out of one of my films with a very clear notion of what I'm saying, because I want you to have a lot of things to argue and ponder about. And Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) is no exception. And the idea that it's a piece of unadulterated happiness is rubbish, basically. It's got all kinds of complexities.
7The thing about what I do is that, unlike any other filmmaker, I'm not looking out for properties or material to adapt. I've no interest in that whatsoever, because it's not what I do. It's about making up worlds, and you don't make up worlds in a vacuum; it comes from all over the place. Sometimes you don't know where it comes from. It just comes. And it comes from being out there and being around. I'm somebody that lives out in the real world.
8I cannot get more than a certain amount of money - there's a ceiling beyond which no-one will go. It's very frustrating. On the other hand, I don't whinge because there are people out there who don't get any money to make any films at all. So I don't complain. But on the other hand it would be terrific to have the scope to paint on a bigger canvas. I've done it with Topsy-Turvy (1999), which we made for £10 million. I don't know how we did it. We squeezed our £6.5 million to make Vera Drake (2004). Very hard. But if you want that kind of money, quite often they'll say, "Ah, that sounds like a good opportunity for Johnny Depp..." No disrespect to Johnny Depp, he's just an example. And the message is: "If you were to have Johnny, we could give you a great deal more dosh." But I won't go there. Because my job is to make the films I want to make and to have the freedom to explore them, without knowing exactly what it's going to be, and to have actors who will go along with that. But if you get in somebody who's there just so you can raise the money, there are immediate inhibitions. And also, I'm committed to making films that are about this world. You couldn't justify Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) to a potential backer. You couldn't go into Hollywood suite and say, "Well, it's about this teacher..." I think this is true of all my films - I don't think there's a single film where, if you described it, anyone would be blown away!
9My tragedy as a filmmaker now is that there is a very limited ceiling on the amount of money anyone will give me to make a film. Because they don't know what it's going to be about and because I won't use stars and because there isn't a script. And I really passionately want to have the resources to paint on a much bigger canvas.
10In many ways, my parents in an unconscious way wanted to be as English as possible. They went to the theatre, to Stratford, to the Halle. My father only ever voted Labour. They were very bourgeois, very neurotic and very insular. When I went to Israel in 1960 we were on a kibbutz and we insisted on having a discussion about whether you could be an artist on a kibbutz. Of course, what we were dealing with was our own, unformed struggle about the whole thing, where our cultural roots were. The truth was, we were European and English artists.
11Given the events of even the 19th century, Zionism was inevitable. Given the events of the 20th century, Israel was inevitable.
12A Jew is someone who grows up in that environment. You can say that you're working class, you can say that you're northern or southern. These are non-negotiable facts. While I walked away from a Jewish existence, lots of things carried on in my life: gastronomic obsession, massive amounts of reading Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow. So one doesn't stop being Jewish.
13I like my films. I can't understand directors who don't watch their films after they've made them. If you don't like them, how the fuck can you expect anyone else to?
14Given the choice of Hollywood or poking steel pins in my eyes, I'd prefer steel pins.
15I remain the guy with no script, who is very unforthcoming about what the film will be about and who won't discuss casting, which is the biggest sin of all. I will not talk about a film, even if there is a massive budget, if there are strings attached about casting.
16In terms of the way I do it and the things I try to say, there is absolutely no distinction between film and theater. There was a long period in the 1970s when I alternated between plays and films. But the real point is that I am much happier making films. Theater is fine when you do it. But film is my natural habitat.
17There are moments when you make those decisions, like the moment when I decided I would never, ever direct a conventional script someone else had written - or indeed try to write a conventional script. After that, I felt I could move on.
18But now I think I've been remarkably lucky to have made 17 full-length films in which nobody has ever interfered, ever.
19There was a time when you just couldn't make an independent, indigenous, serious feature film. And those of us who were lucky enough (Ken Loach, Stephen Frears, Alan Clarke and others) mostly found that at the BBC you could do what you wanted.
20You will find hardly any improvising on camera anywhere in my films. It's very structured, but it's all worked out from elaborate improvisations over a long period, as you know. Literary, word-bound people often say, "Ah well, if that's the case who's the author?" Which is remarkably dumb, isn't it?
21People say to me, "Oh come on, you could do a great thing with a script." But I've always said no. Everyone will expect the quality and style of the acting to be as good as they are in my other films - and I wouldn't know how to do it.
22If it's the case that there are a lot of people who can't or don't see my films, I don't really think that's to do with me, or the nature of my films, or neglect of me. It's to do with the continuing problem of the dissemination of British films on British screens. It's to do with the domination of Hollywood. But, do I feel neglected? No, hand on heart, not at all, I feel lucky. I get to make films without even showing a script. To be honest, the fact that I'm allowed to do what I do in the way that I do it never ceases to amaze me.
23I mean, I've been to screenings of the film where the laughter came at quite surprising - to me - points. But, you know, people laugh for a variety of reasons - with, or at, or out of embarrassment, or nervousness even. It's not always a function of mirth.
24I've long since stopped worrying about how I'm portrayed in the press because ultimately it's not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do what I do with the greatest integrity.
25One develops a strange parallel existence that is not to do with oneself but is defined by some journalists. In my case, I'm supposed to be this - how does it go exactly? - "melancholic soul given to brooding silences".

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1Films frequently center on the British working class
2Wide range of emotions

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