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Academy nominated Mike Leigh visits The Space

Award-winning and Academy nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh OBE, (Mr Turner, Naked, Secrets and Lies), visited The Space, sponsored by Brighton Film School, to talk about his career and influences as a filmmaker spanning 40 years.

Leigh, who spoke in depth about his films and the creative process and mechanics, with a particular focus on Mr Turner (2014), All or Nothing (2002) Naked (1993) and Meantime (1984). He also took questions from the audience, which included students from Brighton Film School studying on the Filmmaking HNC/HND, Film Production BA (Hons) Top-up Degree and the Cinematography and Directing Diploma, and had this sage advice for anyone considering film school as a path to accessing the film industry:

Film Schools or Art Schools in general are a very good place for young people to discover their craft, be daring and make mistakes as well as meet a network of creatives that will stay with them throughout their career.

As well as being a prolific filmmaker, artist and playwright, Mike Leigh is the Chairman of the London Film School.


Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers two 2-year HNC/HND (equivalent to the first two years of a degree) programmes in Filmmaking and Set Design for Film and TV, a third-year BA (Hons) Film Production Top-up Degree, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma and Set Design for Film and TV Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting and Set Design, as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer Schools. For more information or to apply please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk