7 time Academy Award nominee writer/director Mike Leigh has been planning for over a decade his most ambitious film yet, a portrait of England's greatest artist JMW Turner.
Leigh has gathered a prestigious cast and crew led by actor Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, the Harry Potter series), Casting Director Nina Gold (The King's Speech, The Iron Lady, Secrets & Lies), Director of Photography Dick Pope, Academy Award nominee for The Illusionist (Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Another Year), Hair and Make-up artist Christine Blundell, Academy Award winner for Leigh's Topsy-Turvy and Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran, recent Academy Award winner for Anna Karenina and Academy Award nominee for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.
The film is produced by Georgina Lowe (Another Year) and executive produced by Gail Egan (Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy, Another Year) and will begin production in Spring 2013 for a 2014 release. Production partners on the film include Film4, British Film Institute (BFI), Focus Features International, LipSync and Xofa Productions.
The National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy have granted special access to some of Turner's original works.
Here's what Mike Leigh said about the film.
Sony Pictures Classics also released the following statement.
Mike Leigh also added another statement about working with Sony Pictures Classics again.
Mr. Turner comes to theaters December 19th, 2014 and stars Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Amy Dawson, Lesley Manville. The film is directed by Mike Leigh.