Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh has won acclaim for his innovative work in cinema, stage, and television.  He is best known for his strikingly original approach to filmmaking and for his many award-winning films.

Leigh's major works include the Gilbert and Sullivan biographical film Topsy-Turvy (1999) and the Palme d'Or-nominated Mr. Turner (2014). His 1993 film Naked earned him the Best Director Award at Cannes.  Secrets & Lies (1996)  won both a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or. Vera Drake (2004) won a Golden Lion.

His newest film is Peterloo (2018), a historical drama about the Peterloo Massacre.


Priya Satıa


Priya Satia is Professor of Modern British History at Stanford University, where she specializes in the history of empire, especially in the Middle East and South Asia.


Her latest book, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin Press, 2018), uses the gun industry as a window onto the relationship between wars of imperial conquest and the industrial revolution,.


Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2008), her first book, won the 2009 AHA-Herbert Baxter Adams Book Prize, the 2009 AHA-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, and the 2010 Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Book Prize.