While other directors pander to the whims and fancies of their audiences, Michael Winterbottom has repeatedly challenged, tantalised and outraged with his work.
Highlights include a gritty reworking of Jude starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet, the notorious 9 Songs featuring unsimulated sex between actors Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley, and the disturbingly violent crime thriller The Killer Inside Me.
His new film, Everyday, is a compelling prison drama and portrait of a family in crisis set in rural Norfolk.
John Simm plays the father of a large brood who languishes behind bars, serving a 10-year sentence for his crimes.
His weary wife (Shirley Henderson) makes regular visits to the prison by bus, conveying news of their four children - two boys and two girls - and the pressures she faces raising the youngsters alone, set to a haunting soundtrack composed by Michael Nyman.
Released: January 18 (UK, selected cinemas), 90 mins