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Dorothy Atkinson - Photographs of a host of stars as they arrived for the Moet British Independent Film Awards which were held at the Old Billingsgate in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 7th December 2014

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Mr. Turner Review


Excellent

It's no surprise that Mike Leigh would take a distinctly original approach to the celebrity biopic, and this film about 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner is refreshingly unstructured and abrasive. By avoiding the usual formula, Leigh also reinvents the period drama as something almost startlingly realistic, packing the screen with sardonic humour and honest emotions that are extremely complex. And since it's about a painter, the film looks absolutely gorgeous, as Leigh and his ace cinematographer Dick Pope recreate the look of Turner's paintings on-screen.

The film is set in the 1820s, when Turner (Timothy Spall) is a celebrity on the art scene, courting controversy with his visceral landscapes. People either love or hate his work, but his financial success means he can do whatever he wants. Living with his father (Paul Jesson) and loyal housekeeper Hannah (Dorothy Atkinson), Turner openly challenges his critics. But his private life is just as tempestuous. He ignores the two daughters he fathered with Mrs Danby (Ruth Sheen) and has a second incognito life with the widow Sophie Booth (Marion Bailey), calling himself "Mr Mallard". Meanwhile, he continues to push boundaries in his work, challenging the status quo to such an extent that he becomes a joke in social circles.

Spall won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his astonishing performance as the fiercely independent Turner, a man who went to extreme ends to maintain his anarchic lifestyle and produce his distinctive paintings. In one key scene, he straps himself to a ship's mast during a storm so he can better capture the extreme weather in his work. Yes, Turner was a hurricane of a man, brushing off anyone who disparaged his art, including Queen Victoria. And it's no surprise that so few people liked him: Spall plays him believably as monosyllabic grump who growls more than he speaks.

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Dorothy Atkinson - BFI LFF gala premiere of 'Mr Turner' - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th October 2014

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Dorothy Atkinson - 52nd NYFF "Mr. Turner" Premiere - Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 4th October 2014

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Dick Pope, Marion Bailey, Michael Barker, Dorothy Atkinson, Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall, Suzie Davies and Georgina Lowe
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Dick Pope, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Mr Turner' - Premiere - Cannes, France - Thursday 15th May 2014

Dick Pope, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe
Dick Pope, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe
Dick Pope, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe
Dick Pope, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe

Mr Turner Trailer


Director Mike Leigh has made a new biopic about one of Britains finest landscape artists, J.M.W. Turner. 'Mr Turner' will see key events of Turner's life like the death of his father which had a profound effect on him; as well as the relationships he built such as the one with his housekeeper who loves him, but he underappreciates. The film will tell the story of Turner's legacy which saw him help pioneer landscape painting with his works, helping the style rival history painting.

As well as being skilled at landscape painting, Turner was also known for being well versed in watercolour landscape painting. He was considered an anarchistic character in his life, due acts such as strapping himself to a ship, in order to paint a storm.
The film is directed by Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year, Vera Drake), who's expressed that he wanted to make a film that captures Turner's personality, which Leigh describes as complex and compulsive. 'Mr Turner' is set to be released in the UK on the 31st of October 2014.

Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall and Mike Leigh - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Mr Turner' - Photocall - Cannes - Thursday 15th May 2014

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