Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer and clip from Mr. Turner, writer-director Mike Leigh's biopic of British painter J.M.W. Turner, portrayed by Timothy Spall. This drama follows the eccentric artist's life, as he forms a bond with a landlady in Chelsea who he eventually comes to live with in secret. Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson and Lesley Manville co-star in this drama, arriving in theaters December 19.
Mr. Turner 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.
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.