Episode 114: Mike Leigh’s “Secrets and Lies”
In 1996, Mike Leigh was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his film “Secrets and Lies,” which was also nominated for Best Picture. Although the film did not win any of the five Academy Awards it was nominated for, it remains one of Mike Leigh’s best movies. The story of an black woman discovering her birth mother was a white woman took a look at not only race in the UK but more importantly social status.
Why did Mike Leigh decided to take a tonal shift with “Secrets and Lies” from his last film “Naked?” What does “Secrets and Lies” say about the class division in the UK? And how does “Secrets and Lies” feel like Mike Leigh’s real master work?
Mike Leigh’s “Secrets and Lies” is the subject of episode 114 of the AuteurCast…