FILM 1628: SECRETS & LIES
TRIVIA: To add a spontaneous effect to the performances, Mike Leigh met with each actor individually and only told them what their character would know at the beginning of the film. As filming progressed the actors were hearing the secrets for the very first time. Brenda Blethyn, for instance, didn't know that Marianne Jean-Baptiste was black.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Brenda Blethyn never met before the scene in which they meet in the film.
Most of the script was improvised. Writer/director Mike Leigh told each of the actors what his/her part in the story was and they each developed their own characters.
Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Film 1996" at position #6 in the in their year end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.