Presented by Oundle Cinema
Stahl Theatre, Oundle
Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Runtime: 150 mins
Mike Leigh's universally-acclaimed film explores the final twenty-five years in the artistic and private life of the eccentric British landscape artist JMW Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this he travels, paints, stays with the aristocracy, visits brothels, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. A popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, Turner has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm with accuracy.
How did such an ordinary-seeming man create such visionary art? Timothy Spall gives his best-ever performance as Turner - a revelation of the man and the painter. Spall spent two years learning to paint so that he could give a convincing depiction of Turner.
'If there is one film you should see on the largest screen possible this year, it is Mr Turner, which is not merely the portrait of an artist but a full-frontal, joyous bellyflop into the seascapes of his paintings.' Kate Muir, Times