This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter 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.
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/mrturner
Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
Cast: Timothy Spall, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Julian Seager, James Norton, Lasco Atkins, Jamie Thomas King and Robert Portal
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