Mike Leigh on Mr.Turner
In MR. TURNER, British auteur Mike Leigh follows the latter half of the life and career of iconoclastic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Played by Timothy Spall in a Cannes Best Actor-winning performance, Turner is at once charming and a repulsive brute of a man, using unusual methods to craft stunning masterpieces while employing considerably less elegance in his personal relationships. With gorgeous photography by Leigh’s longtime cinematographer Dick Pope and lush period detail, MR. TURNER is a sensuous slow-burn replete with Leigh’s trademark wit and empathy for human frailty.