A fully-clothed sex scene in the JMW Turner biopic was the most complained-about film in Britain in 2014, according to the BBFC's annual report.
Mr. Turner has been surrounded by some confusing news stories ever since its release (like, why wasn’t it nominated for any of the major prizes at the BAFTAs and Oscars?) but none quite as inexplicable as this one. The British Board of Film Classification named the Mike Leigh-directed biopic as the most complained-about movie of 2014, because of a scene in which lead actor Timothy Spall “vigorously” clenches his buttocks, according to the Guardian.
The BBFC, which awards age certification for movies released in Britain, said that the scene featuring the artist JMW Turner and his housekeeper, played by Marion Bailey, in which Spall’s “clothed buttocks are seen clenching vigorously, before the scene cuts to a close-up of his face and his thrusting head and shoulders”, caused 19 people to complain about its sexual nature in a film deemed to be of 12A suitability.
Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner, bizarrely the most complained-about film in 2014
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Fresh off his success from Mr Turner, Timothy Spall is playing Fungus the Bogeyman.
Timothy Spall is to play Fungus the Bogeyman in Sky1's adaptation of Raymond Briggs' classic tale. The four-part series will co-star Keeley Hawes, Victoria Wood, Andy Serkis and Marc Warren.
Timothy Spall will play Fungus the Bogeyman in Sky1's Christmas adaptation
The show tells the story of a green slime-covered creature who lives underground, coming to the surface only to scare humans.
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Josh Gad will join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in the live-action adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Josh Gad has become the latest actor to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. 34-year-old Gad has been cast as Le Fou, the villain Gaston's minion. Gad is best known for voicing Olaf in Disney's Frozen and for his roles in such films as The Internship and Jobs. Emma Watson (Harry Potter) has been cast as Belle, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) are also rumoured to be in talks with the film's producers.
Josh Gad is set to play Le Fou in the upcoming live-action film of Beauty and the Beast.
Critics' awards in Los Angeles and London bring out local stars, while Johnny Depp's Mortdecai premieres in Berlin, London and L.A. Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe and Jesse Eisenberg are snapped on their film sets, and new trailers debut for Kidnapping Mr Heineken and Good Kill...
A-list celebrities turned out in Hollywood for the starry Critics' Choice Movie Awards last weekend, including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth. Jared Leto even matched his outfit to the blue carpet.
The Bafta nominations have been revealed, leading to some shock by what has been missed out from the ceremony.
Friday morning's British Academy Film Awards nominations show the predicted BAFTA love for home-grown movies like 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory of Everything', but were even more notable for who was missing from the shortlists.
Timothy Spall - snubbed by the academy?
The most obvious snub was for Mike Leigh's acclaimed biographical drama 'Mr Turner', for which Timothy Spall won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. But the film only has a handful of technical nods (for cinematography, production design, costumes and make-up/hair), with nothing for Spall or Leigh, and most surprisingly no British Film nomination.
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Timothy Spall is one of Britain's finest character actors.
British actor Timothy Spall studied painting for two years to prepare for his role as JMW Turner in Mike Leigh's critically acclaimed drama Mr Turner. The movie is steadily gaining Oscars momentum, particularly for Spall, whose grunting performance as the infamous artist is considered one of the finest of the year.
Timothy Spall delivers one of the finest performances of the year in Mr Turner
Spall, probably best known to U.S audiences as Wormtail from the Harry Potter movies, even recreated Turner's famous Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth.
Continue reading: Timothy Spall Studied Painting for 2 Years to Prepare for 'Mr Turner'
Timothy Spall amid Oscar buzz for his leading role as J.M.W. Turner.
Timothy Spall is one of those actors who works regularly and is constantly acclaimed by the critics, but he's never been the leading man type. Much of his acclaim has been for roles in ensemble films ('Secrets & Lies', 'Topsy Turvy', 'All or Nothing') or as part of a larger award-winning cast (winning the SAG best cast award for 'The King's Speech').
Timothy Spall admits he learnt to paint for 'Mr Turner' role
Then his usual collaborator Mike Leigh asked him to play the iconic 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner in the biopic 'Mr. Turner', and Spall went home with the Best Actor award from this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Continue reading: Mr Turner Gives Timothy Spall The Role He Deserves In Artist Biopic
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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Timothy Spall has a genuine chance of winning Best Actor at the Oscars for his tour-de-force performance as J.M.W Turner.
It feels as though Mr Turner has been around forever. It premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with Timothy Spall winning best actor for his portrayal of eccentric British painter J.M.W Turner. Now, the movie receives a full UK cinematic release and, quite rightly, it's been talked up in Oscars circles.
The movie, directed by the acclaimed Mike Leigh, explores the last 25 years of Turner's life and how his wellbeing was profoundly affected by the death of his father. Turner formed a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually leaves with in Chelsea, the place of his death. However, throughout those latter years, Turner travelled, painted, visited brothels and became an anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Continue reading: 'Mr Turner' is Mike Leigh's True Masterpiece
Date of birth
27th February, 1957