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Check Out Timothy Spall As Painter J.M.W. Turner In Mike Leigh’s Next Film

24 October 2013 7:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Very little information has emerged about Mike Leigh’s forthcoming, currently untitled biopic about British painter J.M.W. Turner, but the prospect of Leigh reteaming with Timothy Spall is motivation enough for me to keep an eye out for this film. Today, we have a first look at Spall in costume as Turner, which you can check out above.

Leigh has worked with Spall many times before, on films including Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Life Is Sweet and Home Sweet Home, though the Turner biopic will mark their first time collaborating in over a decade. Both seem passionate about the project; Leigh has worked for almost twenty years to get the film made, while Spall signed on for the lead role very early on.

On his goals with the biopic, Leigh told Rope of Silicon that:

Turner as a character is compelling. I want to explore the man, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First Sneak Peek at Mike Leigh's New Project

23 October 2013 7:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first photo released from Mike Leigh's new project features star Timothy Spall standing determined on a wooden ship as painter J.M.W. Turner. The project, about the British Romantic landscape artist who was known as "the painter of light," has yet to receive a title and is still in post-production. Leigh has returned with many of his previous collaborators including actors Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson and Paul Jesson, producer Georgina Lowe, cinematographer Dick Pope, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and make-up and hair designer Christine Blundell. Sony Pictures Classics is handling the release. »

- James Hiler

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Trailer Trash

27 April 2013 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British films start to emerge in the run-up to Cannes, and Sundance makes an uncertain return to London

Out of the Cannes

Following the exclusion of British films from the main competitions at Cannes, a couple of silver linings did appear, with The Arbor director Clio Barnard's follow-up, The Selfish Giant, being picked for Directors' Fortnight and Paul Wright's debut, For Those in Peril, produced by the ever-edgy Warp Films, settling into Critics' Week. In an interview with Cannes boss Thierry Frémaux, it even emerged that he quite fancied Barnard's film for the main competition but couldn't (or wouldn't) nab it back from the Quinzaine selectors. So that's good. Other strong British titles bubbling under – though they won't be at Cannes – include Richard Ayoade's The Double, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, the latest new Michael Winterbottom movie (there's always »

- Jason Solomons

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