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Habonim spirit influences work of director Mike Leigh in ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/film/article/habonim_spirit_influences_work_of_director_mike_leigh_in_happy_go_lucky_200

Leigh's physician father and midwife mother met through Habonim, the Labor Zionist youth movement, in 1936. Mike Leigh, in turn, became a Habonim leader and traveled with the group to Israel on a ship as a teenager. The experience had a dramatic effect on his future work as an artist: "The atmosphere was one of chevrah, of sharing, openness and coming together -- of making things happen by colluding -- which describes the spirit of how I work with actors and the atmosphere of my rehearsals."

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