British director Mike Leigh to receive the Lifetime Achievement Golden Duke at the 10th Odesa International Film Festival

At the 10th anniversary Odesa International Film Festival, the famous British director of theatre and cinema, seven-time Oscar nominee, five-times BAFTA winner, Palme d’Or laureate: Golden Lion winner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Golden Duke for his exceptional contribution to cinema. In addition, during the festival, Mike Leigh will present a mini-retrospective of his filmography to the audience

Writer-director Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School.

His first feature film was Bleak Moments (1971); this was followed by the full-length television films, Hard Labour (1973), Nuts in May (1975), The Kiss of Death (1976), Who’s Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Home Sweet Home (1982), Meantime (1983), and Four Days In July (1984).

Other feature films are High Hopes (1988), Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets and Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All Or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010), Mr. Turner (2014) and Peterloo (2018).

He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail’s Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Greek Tragedy (1989), It’s A Great Big Shame! (1993), Two Thousand Years (2005) and Grief (2011).

It should be noted that Mike Leigh has repeatedly expressed support for Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, illegally imprisoned in Russia. The arrival of Mike Leigh and the showing of his mini-retrospective will take place with the support of the British Council in Ukraine.

As a reminder, the 10th Odesa International Film Festival will be held from July 12 to July 20.