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Mr. Turner

This screening took place on
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

The new film from British director Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), Mr. Turner is a biopic of the great British painter J.M.W. Turner and stars Timothy Spall in the title role, for which he won the award for Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. 

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.

“Luminous and moving.”
- The Hollywood Reporter

“Ecstatically beautiful. “
- Variety

“Timothy Spall has always been terrific, this is the performance of his career.”
- The Village Voice

  • Directed by Mike Leigh
  • 2014, United Kingdom
  • 150 minutes
    Mr. Turner

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