Biographical and cultural introduction; Stylistic introduction: living beyond consciousness; 1. Bleak Moments: fictitious selves; 2. Hard Labour: melting the freezing; 3. The Kiss of Death: temporal and spatial truth; 4. Nuts in May: defeating easy knowledge; 5. Abigail's Party: losing track of who you are; 6. Who's Who: we are the hollow men; 7. Grown-Ups: in praise of otherness; 8. Home Sweet Home: manufactured emotions; 9. Meantime: challenging forms of understanding; 10. High Hopes: loose relations; 11. Life is Sweet: circulation is the law of life; 12. Naked: alone in the dark; Epilogue: the feel of life.
Carney examines one of the most important directors of British independent filmmaking.
'... takes genuine pleasure in the exuberance, wit and intelligence of Leigh's cinema.' Paul Howson, The Times Higher Education Supplement