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More and more people are being born, and the Earth isn’t getting any bigger. We’re on a serious disaster course. The only thing a filmmaker can do is try to express some hope in his work.

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The filmmaker is known for his idiosyncratic creative process in which he and his actors create the film together through workshopping and improvisation.

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The filmmaker is concerned with getting to the truth about people, not about passing judgment. "Everybody is interesting, and everybody is the potential central character in a story, so judging people is not acceptable," he says.

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I am unashamedly in the entertainment business," says Leigh. "If a film is not entertaining, forget it, it's a failure.