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Secrets and Lies

Mike Leigh
May 24, 1996

Sinopsis


The film tells the story of Hortense Cumberbatch, a successful black middle class optometrist in London, who is adopted and chooses to trace her family history after the death of her adoptive mother.
Despite being warned of potential problems, she continues her search only to learn that her birth mother is white does not resent her and wants to know more about her past. Her birth mother, Cynthia Purley, is working class and downwardly mobile. Hortnese meets her and later meets Cynthia's brother Maurice Purley, a photographer, his wife Monica and Cynthia's daughter Roxanne, a street cleaner.
All have their own secrets in this dysfunctional extended family.


LOCATIONS

Leigh uses a number of outside locations to shoot the film all based in the inner London Boroughs of Westminster, Barnet and Tower Hamlets. Cynthia’s house, which appears several times in the film, is located at 76, Quilter Street, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets. Cynthia’s brother a professional photographer lives at Southgate in the London Borough of Barnet where he also has his studio. Both his house at 76, Whitehouse Way and his studio at 34 The Green, Southgate also appear in the film. Other film locations include the Office of Population and Censuses located at 10 Kingsway, Aldwych and Holborn Station Underground Station are used in scenes. Both are located in the London Borough of Westminster.




TOURIST LINKS

www.londontown.com (lists tourist attractions in the Holborn area)

www.travelstay.com (identifies tourist attractions in the vicinity of Bethnal Green

www.visitlondon.com (suggest possible day’s out in the Southgate area)

Technical information

  • PRODUCTION YEAR: 1996
  • RUNTIME: 142 mins 
  • PRINTED FILM FORMAT: 35mm
  • GENRE: Drama 
  • LANGUAGE: English 
  • FINAL GROSS: $13, 417, 292

Technical team

  • WRITERS: Mike Leigh 
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dick Pope 
  • STILL PHOTOGRAPHER: Simon Mein 
  • CAMERA: Richard Blackmore 
  • SOUND EDITOR: George Richards 
  • DIRECT SOUND: Mick Boggis, Derek Holding, Derek Lomas 
  • FILM EDITING: Jon Gregory
  • SOUNDTRACK: Andrew Dickson 
  • ART DIRECTION: Hilly Benjamin 
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: David Smith 

Executive team

  • PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Thin Man Films 
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/S: Simon Channing Williams 
  • DISTRIBUTOR COMPANIES: Film Four Distributors (UK) 
  • INTERNATIONAL SALES: October Films (US)

Casting

Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook

Awards/Selections

  • AACTA Awards Best Foreign Film
  • BAFTA Best Film, Best Origional Screnplay
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress, Best Director
  • Cannes Film Festival Best Actress, Palme d'Or, Ecumenical Jury Prize
  • Empire Awards / Golden Globe Best Actress
  • London Film Critics Awards Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film
  • Goya Awards Best European Film
  • Silver Ribbon Best Foreign Director

FILMING



FILMING LOCATIONS



London- London


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