At the same time, he takes on the very concepts of “the real” and “the ordinary” in regard to Leigh’s work, challenging much perceived thinking among critics and moviegoers alike. To what category does the director’s work really belong? Is it British Realism? The avant garde? Through careful textual detail and wider social and literary comparison with the works of Charles Dickens and T. S. Eliot, he argues ultimately for the aritistic and cultural significance of Leigh’s work as one of Britian’s most respected filmmakers. Available in store and online.