Leigh's feature debut was the now-obscure Bleak Moments (1971), followed by more shorts and TV movies. The theatrical releases of High Hopes (1988) and Life Is Sweet (1990) gained widespread critical admiration on both sides of the Atlantic. Naked (1993) earned Leigh a Best Director Award from the Cannes Film Festival, while Secrets & Lies (1996) landed Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. He earned another writing nod for the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy (1999).
Other Leigh films include Career Girls (1997) and Vera Drake (2004).
Over the course of a tumultuous year, contented medical counselor Gerri (Ruth Sheen) and her geologist husband, Tom (Jim Broadbent), see their friends and relations through a series of happy events and heartbreaks -- including a birth and a death. Imelda Staunton and Oliver Maltman co-star in this character-driven ensemble dramedy from writer-director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies).