Kelly Reichardt is one of American cinema’s greatest working directors. She is celebrated for her subtly profound and visually immersive stories, attentive to both ordinary working-class lives and the majesty of the Pacific Northwest landscape. Her films include the 4:3 revisionist Western Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and the magnificent Certain Women (2016) – combining three character studies starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart. Her new feature First Cow, a tale of friendship, cakes and cattle in an early Oregon settlers’ outpost, is now playing in U.S. theaters. She shared the following selections saying, “I’ve been reading Barbara Pym and revisiting some small dramas that are favorites.”

GROWN-UPS, Mike Leigh, 1980

Mike Leigh's films and television films from the Thatcher era – Grown-Ups, Bleak Moments, The Kiss of Death, all centered around working class people trapped by a lack of means.

BLEAK MOMENTS, Mike Leigh, 1971

THE KISS OF DEATH, Mike Leigh, 1977

A TASTE OF HONEY, Tony Richardson, 1961

With scrappy Rita Tushingham.

FAT CITY, John Huston, 1972

John Huston's perfect film, with the amazing Candy Clark.