MR. TURNER is an upcoming biographical drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year), which reunites him with actor and recurring collaborator Timothy Spall for the first time since 2002’s All or Nothing. Also stars Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey and Paul Jesson, the film has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
A look at the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Spall). Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed 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 all this, 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.