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Work in progress from film director Mike Leigh

This article was written by Alison Jones.

Film maker Mike Leigh is notorious for his lengthy collaborations with actors.

Script and characters are literally a blank page at the start of the story-telling process, the words to be thrashed out through improvisation, the backgrounds meticulously researched over many months.

Even regular collaborators, like actor Jim Broadbent say the experience, though rewarding, is too intense for him to contemplate working on back-to-back projects with Leigh.

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