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Film review: Happy Go Lucky

Title: Happy Go Lucky
Released: 2008
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough

Happy Go Lucky is yet another beautifully realised film from Academy-award nominated, BAFTA-winning OBE Mike Leigh. He is undoubtedly a thoughtful film-maker. His movies are imbued with a sense of reality. Yet through the grit, cigarettes and cursing there are always unmistakably soft and feminine tones and themes. Leigh is also is a true auteur, writing most of his own screenplays. His amazing 2004 portrait of a sympathetic illegal abortionist, Vera Drake, is incredibly touching and beautifully portrayed, while retaining a strong sense of social commentary. In 1996’s Secrets and Lies, Leigh explores the shame felt by a working-class woman who had to give her mixed-ethnicity daughter up for adoption, in a less socially just time gone by. And in his pinnacle 1993 film, Naked, he wades through the ultimate in urban grit and grime to tell us stories from the perspective of a paranoid intellectual rapist, a nasty yuppie, and a couple of women fighting the patriarchial system by which they are surrounded. Continue reading