Mike Leigh returns to Filmwax. He was last on Episode 547 back in 219 discussing his most recent film, “Peterloo”. This time he appears as he is being given the full retrospective treatment at Film at Lincoln Center with Human Conditions: The Films of Mike Leigh. The retrospective, which takes place from May 27th through June 8th includes all of Leigh’s features and a few other choice surprises. Leigh will be on hand for Q&A’s this weekend.
The director Craig Roberts and screenwriter Simon Farnaby have created a new comedy called “The Phantom of the Open” which opens Friday, June 3rd. The story follows Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. The film also includes Sally Hawkins & Rhys Ifans among its cast.