Mike Leigh

Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.

Film Info

  • Mike Leigh
  • United Kingdom
  • 1999
  • 160 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #558

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • New video conversation between Leigh and musical director, Gary Yershon
  • Leigh’s 1992 short film A Sense of History, written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh and cast members
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin

New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • New video conversation between Leigh and musical director, Gary Yershon
  • Leigh’s 1992 short film A Sense of History, written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh and cast members
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin

New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Topsy-Turvy
Cast
Jim Broadbent
William Schwenck Gilbert
Allan Corduner
Arthur Sullivan
Timothy Spall
Richard Temple
Lesley Manville
Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)
Ron Cook
Richard D’Oyly Carte
Wendy Nottingham
Helen Lenoir
Kevin McKidd
Durward Lely
Shirley Henderson
Leonora Braham
Dorothy Atkinson
Jessie Bond
Martin Savage
George Grossmith
Eleanor David
Fanny Ronalds
Credits
Director
Mike Leigh
Written by
Mike Leigh
Producer
Simon-Channing Williams
Cinematography
Dick Pope
Editing
Robin Sales
Music
Carl Davis, from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan
Production designer
Eve Stewart
Costume designer
Lindy Hemming
Makeup and hair designer
Christine Blundell
Sound recordist
Tim Fraser
Musical director
Gary Yershon
Research
Rosie Chambers
Associate producer
Georgina Lowe
Casting
Nina Gold

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