Mike Leigh RIFF’s Guest of Honor

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Mike Leigh RIFF’s Guest of Honor

By Zoë Robert
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Mike Leigh. Photo: Wikipedia.

British director Mike Leigh has been announced as a guest of honor at this year’s Reykjavík Film Festival (RIFF), which runs September 25 to October 5.

Leigh’s latest film, Mr. Turner, which tackles the life of one of Britain’s most famous artists, J.M.W.Turner, will be screened at the festival.

Leigh, whose most famous films is Naked and Secrets&Lies, is known for his different take on topics such as the British lower-classes.

Leigh begins his projects without a script, but starts from a basic premise which is developed through improvisation by the actors, as stated in a press release from RIFF.

Leigh works initially one-to-one with each actor, developing a character who is based on someone he or she knows. It is only after months of rehearsal that Leigh writes a bare scenario. Then, on location, after further ‘real rehearsing,’ the script is finalized.

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