Mike Leigh starts filming new movie with plot details revealed

Mike Leigh

Renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh, a seven-time Oscar nominee for films such as “Secrets & Lies,” has begun production on his highly secretive new project in London, according to exclusive information.

The filming of the project commenced today, and sources indicate that it will delve into the intricacies of family relationships in a world that is grappling with the aftermath of the pandemic. After spending more than a decade creating period dramas like “Mr. Turner” and “Peterloo,” the British auteur is said to be returning to his signature exploration of the contemporary world, aiming to present a tragicomic study of human strengths and weaknesses.

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Despite the project’s production being underway, details regarding the cast have been kept tightly under wraps. Initially slated to begin filming in 2020, the project faced delays due to the impact of the pandemic, resulting in its current production schedule.

International sales for the film are being handled by Cornerstone Films, who will be presenting the project at this week’s Cannes market. Studiocanal has secured the distribution rights for the United Kingdom, while Bleecker Street has pre-bought the rights for North America.

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Film4, known for their longstanding support of Mike Leigh’s work, is co-financing the project alongside Creativity Media. This collaboration marks another chapter in their history of backing Leigh’s creative endeavors. Additionally, The Mediapro Studio and Thin Man Films have joined as co-producers, with the former also acquiring the Spanish rights to the film. Natixis Coficine is providing cash flow finance, ensuring the smooth progression of the production.

Taking on the role of producer is Georgina Lowe, a frequent collaborator with Mike Leigh, while Gail Egan serves as the executive producer, adding her expertise and support to the project.

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With the commencement of production on this mysterious film, fans of Mike Leigh’s distinctive storytelling eagerly await further details, as the acclaimed director once again delves into the complexities of human relationships, shedding light on the post-pandemic world through his unique lens. As the project continues to unfold, it is sure to generate anticipation and excitement within the film industry and among audiences worldwide.