FIVE DECADES OF MIKE LEIGH
Abigail’s Party (1977) A certain class of suburban 1970s culture is skewered in Leigh’s ruthless TV drama. Alison Steadman creates an immortal monster in the domineering Beverly.
High Hopes (1988) Leigh’s study of an extended working-class family in north London. A savage (if not always subtle) indictment of high Thatcherism.
Secrets and Lies (1996) Marianne Jean-Baptiste picked up an Oscar nomination for her role as a black woman, adopted at birth, who discovers that her mum is the equally Oscar-nominated Brenda Blethyn.
Vera Drake (2004) Stunning performance by Imelda Staunton as a woman who provides abortions in 1960s London. Rejected by Cannes before going on to win the Golden Lion at Venice.
Mr Turner (2014) Singular study of painter JMW Turner starring a shuffling, animalistic Timothy Spall.