Mr. Turner is a British biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh and chronicling the life and career of British radical and revolutionary painter and artist J. M. W. Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, loved by his housekeeper Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner (played by Timothy Spall) forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout his journey, Turner 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.
The film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where Spall won the award for Best Actor and cinematographer Dick Pope received a special jury prize for the film’s beautiful cinematography.
Mr. Turner will premiere at London’s BFI Film Festival tomorrow night at 6pm in London’s Odeon West End, Screen 2. It also screens on Saturday 11th at 11am in the same theatre. The film will receive its nationwide UK cinema release on 31st October. Check out the trailer below: