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15/05/01
Leigh Re-Locates To Modern-Day London
- But Mike is keeping schtum about his new film

OSCAR-WINNING director Mike Leigh plans to set his next movie in modern-day suburban London, in a return to the same setting of his previous successes Life Is Sweet and Secrets And Lies.

British filmmaker Leigh, who scored an Oscar with last-year's Gilbert and Sullivan drama Topsy-Turvy, will start shooting the as-yet untitled film in June.

But with the exception of revealing the leading cast - Leigh regulars Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen and London-born Timothy Spall - details about the film are sketchy, with even producer Simon Charring-Williams being kept in the dark. "It's set in the 21st Century and other than that I have absolutely no idea," the producer admits.

Industry insiders reckon that the project, despite not yet having been filmed - or even given a title - is in with a good chance at next year's Cannes. The fact that the UKP10 million film is part of a three film deal with French company StudioCanal combined with Leigh's previous Cannes success - Best Director for Naked in 1993 - means it is virtually a dead cert at next year's festival.





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