Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, David Bradley
As Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is released, James Mottram explores the rigorous processes behind the performances his work is famed for, while stars reveal the demands involved.
Ridley Scott's new version of 'Robin Hood' is a heavy-handed way to open the most important festival in cinema's year
Mike Leigh makes a triumphant return to the festival
Ang Lee was not the most likely director to create a film about Woodstock, and his authentic-looking LSD scene is from imagination not experience, he tells James Mottram
Cannes 2009 signals hard times for serious moviemakers, says Geoffrey Macnab
The best of times is now, goes the song in La Cage aux Folles. And so it would seem for gay plays and musicals. No fewer than 10 productions currently in London's West End feature gay themes or talent.
Good performances from Imelda Staunton, Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond make this a watchable film, which fares better on the small screen.
The first vascular plants weren't anything spectacular to look at. They comprised smallish shoots, only about 50cm high, with thick stems and firm, spiny leaves.
420 million years ago to 65.5 million years ago
Extra oxygen explains why Stan Wood, a sharp-eyed commercial fossil-hunter from Scotland, did so well out of a dilapidated old limestone farm wall that he spotted next to a school football field in 1984.
Fungi came on to land from the sea because their tiny light spores were so easily blown about by the wind.
He admits that his new film 'Happy-Go-Lucky' has put a smile on his face – but, says Mike Leigh, woe betide any actor who reveals the director's 'trade secrets'