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Naked - Preview


Preview by Jack Foley

THIN Man Films and Spirit Entertainment proudly present writer-director Mike Leigh’s brilliant and controversial award-winning film Naked on DVD, released individually for the first time on August 18, 2008, priced £15.99 RRP.

Originally released in 1993, Naked is regarded by many as Mike Leigh’s masterpiece.

Daring and abrasive, the film follows the eloquent and anarchic Johnny (David Thewlis) on his dark journey through a corrosive world. Rejecting all those who would care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself into a nocturnal journey through London, colliding with the desperate and the dispossessed.

A profound and often shocking film, it bursts with ideas and contradictions, and is filtered with love, sex and black humour.

With a virtuoso script and sensational performances from Thewlis and co-stars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Naked was the winner of the Best Director and Best Actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The DVD comes complete with an audio commentary by Mike Leigh, David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge.

The release of Naked will coincide with that of the DVD debut of Mike Leigh’s latest feature film Happy-Go-Lucky which will also be released on August 18, 2008 from Momentum Pictures.

A laugh-out-loud comedy about having fun, looking for love and getting on with life, Happy-Go-Lucky stars Sally Hawkins as Poppy, a young primary school teacher who is as carefree and anarchic as she is focused and responsible. Life-affirming, fresh and funny, Happy-Go-Lucky won a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most respected film directors, with a career spanning nearly 40 years.

Always creating his own original screenplays by working in a unique way with his actors, Leigh has earned world-wide critical acclaim for his acutely observed work. While his movies challenge the audience to ask questions and to reflect, they never fail to be moving, funny and highly entertaining.

Mike Leigh has won a number of prizes at major international film festivals. Most notably, he won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996 for Secrets & Lies.

He has been nominated for an Academy Award® five times, twice each for Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake (Best Original Screenplay and Best Director) and once for Topsy-Turvy (Best Original Screenplay).

The Mike Leigh DVD Collection, showcasing the writer-director’s outstanding 10 feature films in a stunning box set is also currently available to buy, priced £59.99 RRP.