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British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been in the film game for a long time now. Going back decades now, the director developed his own style, made his films, and released them to an adoring public like clockwork. Along the way, he’s picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes and 7 Oscar nominations, among countless other awards and nominations. Needless to say, Leigh has seen it all, and now he is starting to notice a change in how films are made, and he’s none too happy about it.
In an interview with Screen Daily, where he discussed his film “Peterloo,” which is set to debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival (and not Cannes, but more on that later), the director opens up about why Amazon was such a gracious studio that allowed him to have the same freedom he’s enjoyed for decades, and why young filmmakers have to go through **** just to get a studio to back a project.
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“Either you get interfered with or you don’t,” Leigh says. “Either you get backing or you don’t. Those are the bottom lines. Now, I’ve been very fortunate that in all of the 21 films I’ve made, nobody has interfered with any of them at any stage. Amazon is no exception. It is the biggest budget we’ve had but it’s not huge.”
And in opposition to how he was treated at Amazon, Leigh notices that most other studios make less-established filmmakers “jump through hoops”...
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