Next Feature – Mr Turner – Monday 2nd March

Mr. Turner is a 2014 film, written and directed by Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall who won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.  The film details the life and career of the great, if eccentric, British artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851).

Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he 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 country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty …..

Mike Leigh's Mr Turner

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