1999 / UK / 160 mins / Dir: Mike Leigh
Cast includes: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher & Timothy Spall
plus Q&A with Jim Broadbent,
Lesley Manville and Ron Cook
Gilbert and Sullivan created some of Britain’s greatest comic operas – but after their latest – Princess Ida – is panned by critics, the theatrical partners seem certain to split.
But while friends and relatives encourage the duo to collaborate again, Gilbert visits a Japanese exposition in London, and the inspiration for The Mikado leads to the pair’s most popular hit.
Mike Leigh directs this musical comedy drama, recreating the process of inspiration, composition and production with loving care and insight.
‘An opulently mounted, warm-hearted celebration of two great artists’