"The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Mike Leigh on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Mike Leigh on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Mike Leigh on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Mike Leigh on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Mike Leigh on Robert Frost
"My work requires acting at its most committed - it demands actors of enormous resilience, but also intelligence and wit. It doesn't work for narcissistic or selfish actors."
"My work is about life as you and I experience it. You're either lucky or you're not lucky either your relationship works or it doesn't."