Mike Leigh Calls Netflix and Amazon’s Meddling ‘Totally Unacceptable’

Director Mike Leigh
Director Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh just made a movie with help from Amazon, but that doesn’t mean he thinks the studio is free from criticism. Speaking to the Guardian, the “Peterloo” director referred to streaming services in general and his benefactor in particular as a “new breed of executives” who micromanage projects in a way that’s more like traditional Hollywood than they’d like to admit.

“I’m not talking about my own experience with Amazon, who backed ‘Peterloo’ and who behaved impeccably,” he was quick to clarify. “The problem really exists for younger filmmakers.”

Leigh, one of England’s most celebrated auteurs, is best known for such films as “Naked” and “Secrets & Lies”; he won Best Director at Cannes for the former, the Palme d’Or for the latter, and has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (all in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Director categories).

“The new streaming services all like to say they don’t work like Hollywood,” he continued. “But, actually, by suggesting a director works with a particular team, or asking why you are not using a female cinematographer, or wondering whether the film should have an upbeat ending, they are behaving in a traditional Hollywood, Louis B Mayer-way and it is totally unacceptable,” he said. Continue reading

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Nineties nostalgia to that Derry dialect – 9 reasons why Derry Girls is a bona fide hit

Last year, on Thursday, January 4, Channel 4 launched what would become one of their most popular comedies to date. All anyone could talk about was Derry Girls… ‘Are you watching Derry Girls?’ ‘You must watch Derry Girls!’ ‘It’s got Tommy Tiernan as the dad! Tommy Tiernan!’

The raw, rampant gra surrounding Lisa McGee’s creation was so huge, it was enough to turn you off watching it all together — which, I’m afraid, something yours truly fell foul of. Indeed, I’d never watched Derry Girls until this commission.

Why not? Perhaps it was just a feeble rebellion, or maybe it was being saved for a mental rainy day. Or, possibly, I just didn’t want to see Tommy Tiernan shouting for half an hour…

Either way — with the transmission date for series two looming — not only am I trying to persuade you it’s worth all the Twitter hype, after finally binge watching it, I’m now convinced it’s not just The Inbetweeners set in a different town, in a different decade — but with added Tommy Tiernan, less vomiting, and only a few passing references to Clunge’s more familiar cousin, Fanny.

No longer do I wonder if the show merely had people guffawing maniacally around their couches because January 4 is generally when most people are in a post-festive doom spiral and, therefore, primed to laugh at anything. Okay so. Here are the reasons why Derry Girls is a bona fide hit.

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Louise Harland who plays Orla

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Derry Girls series two premiere leaves audience ‘buzzing’

Derry Girls Premiere PartyThe stars of the hit Channel 4 show hit the red carpet in Derry for the global premiere

There could only be one location for the global premiere of Derry Girls.

The stars of the hit Channel 4 series were back in Derry last night for the screening of the first two episodes of the forthcoming second series.

The verdict? “Dead on.”

The show – which follows the lives of five teenagers in Derry in the 1990s – is Channel 4’s most successful comedy since 2004.

Fans waited outside the Omniplex Cinema to catch a glimpse of stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan and Louisa Harland – who play Erin, Clare and Orla – as well as “the wee English fella” Dylan Llewellyn and writer Lisa McGee.

Derry Girls Premiere Party

“I’m super proud to be from Derry, and as a Derry girl it’s amazing to have our global premiere here in Derry,” said Saoirse-Monica Jackson.

“There would be no show without the people here,” said writer Lisa McGee. “They’ve inspired me and I wouldn’t have all the stories and the jokes without the unique people in Derry.”

The actors signed autographs and posed for selfies with their fans before taking their seats in the cinema where cream horns – a reference to an episode in Series 1 – were served along with the usual refreshments.

Earlier in the day the actors were spotted wearing “I Heart J-L O’D” badges in reference to their co-star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell. O’Donnell, who plays Michelle in the series, was unable to attend because of a theatre commitment.

The Derry Girls gang also stopped off to pose for a photo at the new Derry Girls mural in the city centre.

While the audience have been sworn to secrecy until after the initial episodes air on Channel 4, the cinema was “buzzing” after the show.

Great to have the cast and crew of Derry Girls in the Guildhall after tonight’s premiere screening,” said the mayor of Derry, John Boyle. “The viewers are in for a real treat next month.”

“Big half-term laughs with my teenage offspring at Derry Girls Season 2”, said Chris Jones.

Series two of Derry Girls is expected to air in March 2019.

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Everything To Know About ‘Derry Girls’ Season 2

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Derry Girls found a new fanbase on Netflix after it arrived on the streaming service in December—and Season 2 has already been filmed, though it hasn’t yet been released.

Derry Girls found a new fanbase on Netflix after it arrived on the streaming service in December. The show, a comedy following five teens attending a Catholic school in ’90s Northern Ireland, originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Luckily for viewers on both sides of the pond, Season 2 has already been filmed, though it hasn’t yet been released. Here’s what we know so far:

All the original cast members will be returning, and at least one new cast member may be joining the show. Pop singer Nadine Coyle, who is from Derry, hinted that she may appear in Season 2. In February 2018,  she told the Irish Daily Star, “I’m going to call [creator] Lisa [McGee] today actually, we’re sorting something out for the next series.” That same month, McGee told IFTN that she’d been in touch with Coyle

The Plot

McGee told Radio Times that Season 2 will show more of the political landscape of ’90s Northern Ireland. “I’m toying with maybe doing the ceasefire and how everyone reacts to that because I remember it actually unsettled people,” she said. “I remember people didn’t know what to do.”

In November, The Belfast Telegraph spotted the series filming a recreation of Bill Clinton’s 1995 visit to Derry, a scene that McGee had previously said she’d considered including. Lead actors Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin), Louisa Harland (Orla), Nicola Coughlan (Clare), and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle) were seen filming, though Dylan Llewellyn (James) was nowhere to be seen.

As for the characters, McGee told Radio Times that one of the leads may get into a relationship. She said, “I’d love one of them to get a boyfriend or Clare to get a girlfriend.”

In an appearance on the Nolan Show, noted by Irish website Joe, McGee didn’t share plot details, but said that Season 2 will be better than Season 1. “It’s better than Season 1, it’s a bit more ambitious and because we know what we’re doing a bit more, it’s better,” she said.

The Release Date

On the Nolan Show, McGee said that Season 2 was currently in edits and is set to premiere in March 2019—on Channel 4, that is. It took eleven months for Season 1 to air on Netflix in the US after it premiered on Channel 4. Hopefully, this time, American audiences won’t have to wait so long!

What’s Next?

Derry Girls will get at least one more season, according to actor Tommy Tiernan (who plays Da Gerry). Tiernan appeared on an Irish radio show Today FM (noted by the Derry Journal) and shared, “We’re doing season three and a film, maybe. That’s all up to Lisa, the writer, going off to a shed in London and coming up with all these stories.” Season 3 at least looks likely: In August, Broadcast Now reported that production company Hat Trick was in “advanced talks” for a third season.

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