I forgot to link to K-Punk's piece on Mike Leigh when I saw it a few weeks ago, so here it is now.
Leigh's films have nearly always really annoyed me* but I could never put it together properly. I once met an actress who often plays a working class woman on TV - in real life she's awfully terribly dahling but when she's on screen, she plays her part by going all slack-jawed and pretending she's got no teef.
It's the sort of misanthropy that you often get in other discussions. You know, the ones where the term false consciousness is reached for a little too easily?
*Like K-Punk, I only really liked Naked.