By Stephen Applebaum, April 3, 2008
Mike Leigh, the acclaimed director of bleak movies, tells Stephen Applebaum that his gloomy days are over
For more than 30 years, Mike Leigh has mapped the tragicomedy of everyday life, in the process uncovering universal truths about the human condition. His film work in particular, as in Naked and the Oscar-nominated abortion drama Vera Drake, can be disturbing, bleak and emotionally gruelling. If there is hope, it is usually of the faint variety.