Monday, January 12, 2009

Sally Hawkins Day

Even though Mike Leigh's films always go straight to the top of my list of Movies I Put On Lists And Then Never Bother Seeing, I can't deny he's become an amazingly consistent award-magnet for British actresses. Sally Hawkins is the latest recipient of his midas touch. I may never get around to watching Happy Go Lucky, but I did weep my way through her heart-rending performance in the BBC adaptation of `Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky' which is basically a pre-war Smiths song minus the music and with much more misery and unrequited yearning heaped on top.

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