31 user 25 critic

Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 November 2019 (USA)
2:06 | Trailer
A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion.


Adrian Noble


Martyn Hesford
2,910 ( 765)
1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Judy II (2019)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Legendary performer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A drug dependent young man faces his past and inner demons after he is interned in an institution for addicted.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young
The Good Liar (2019)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: MyAnna Buring, John Heffernan, Keira Knightley
The Aeronauts (2019)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel
Tomorrow I (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A war veteran struggling to find a reason to live is befriended by a man who lives every day as though it's his last.

Director: Martha Pinson
Stars: Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Stephanie Leonidas
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.

Director: Chris Foggin
Stars: James Purefoy, Meadow Nobrega, David Hayman
Ordinary Love (2019)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis.

Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Stars: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Redemption, violence, and faith define a young black man, a reckless white nationalist, and a pair of traveling vacationers during a random encounter within northern Idaho.

Director: Maja Jacob
Stars: Marc Senior, John Cassini, Steven Roberts
Bait I (2019)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Martin is a fisherman without a boat, his brother Steven having re-purposed it as a tourist tripper. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the harbour.

Director: Mark Jenkin
Stars: Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Simon Shepherd
Lost Holiday (2019)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A New York social worker finds herself embroiled in the kidnapping of a Washington DC socialite.

Directors: Michael Kerry Matthews, Thomas Matthews
Stars: Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, Keith Poulson
Red Joan (2018)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Joan Stanley (Dame Judi Dench), who was exposed as the K.G.B.'s longest-serving British spy.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore


Credited cast:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Elizabeth Lowry
Timothy Spall ... L S Lowry
Stephen Lord ... Mr. Stanhope
Wendy Morgan ... Mrs. Stanhope
David Schaal ... Man In Bath
Michael Keogh ... Mr. Lowry
Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ... Wife of Man in Bath
Jon Furlong ... Drunk Man
John Alan Roberts John Alan Roberts ... Art Critic
Rose Noble Rose Noble ... Young Elizabeth
Giselle Cullinane ... Bucket Woman
Paul Bergquist Paul Bergquist ... Flashback tea guest
Kíla Lord Cassidy Kíla Lord Cassidy ... Street Girl
Laurence Mills Laurence Mills ... Young Laurie
Amanda Higson Amanda Higson ... Woman at Window


A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Lowry and Son See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Genesius Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


LS Lowry would have been, 47 years old in 1934 when this film was set. Timothy Spall, who plays the role was 61 at the time of filming. See more »


At the end of the film it is stated that Lowry refused both an OBE and a Knighthood in 1968. This isn't quite true. He turned down an OBE in 1955, a CBE in 1961, a Knighthood in 1968, and a CH (Companion of Honour) in 1972 and 1976. He is believed to have turned down more honours than anyone else. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Harridan of Station Road
7 September 2019 | by JamesHitchcockSee all my reviews

Laurence Stephen Lowry is one of my favourite painters, so when I heard that a film about him had been released I rushed to see it. Lowry, of course, is famous for his paintings of industrial scenes; he is one of those artists who can express a deeply spiritual vision of the world by concentrating on a small geographical area with a particular meaning for him. What the Stour Valley was to Constable, the countryside around Arles to Van Gogh, Argenteuil and the Parisian suburbs to the Impressionists, his wife's native Perthshire to Millais and North London to Algernon Newton, the industrial towns of his native Lancashire were to Lowry.

The film is based upon a stage play, and with its small cast and limited number of settings is obviously a piece of "filmed theatre". Most of the action takes place in a single, very precise, location, a bedroom at 117 Station Road, Pendlebury, Lancashire. The year is 1934. Lowry is starting to win recognition, but despite his success he still works in a humble job as a rent collector and lives in a small terraced house with his elderly widowed mother Elizabeth, his father having died two years earlier.

Elizabeth Lowry is an embittered, bedridden invalid, but, surprisingly, her bitterness is caused not by the state of her health but by the failure of her ambitions, both professional and social. As a young woman she had dreams of becoming a concert pianist, but these came to nothing. She was originally from a middle-class background and still resents the fact that financial circumstances forced the family to move from the wealthy Manchester suburb of Victoria Park to the nearby industrial, predominantly working-class, town of Pendlebury, even though the move took place as long ago as 1909. I sometimes wonder how Lowry's art might have developed had the family remained in Victoria Park. Would he, for example, have become a Northern equivalent of Newton or a latter-day Atkinson Grimshaw, the Victorian artist who often took inspiration from city suburbs, especially in his home town of Leeds?

She disapproves of her son's career as an artist, particularly as most of his paintings depict industrial scenes in the surrounding area, a choice of subject-matter which she regards as "low" and "vulgar". She only shows any appreciation for him when one of his more conventionally picturesque works, showing sailing-boats on a river, is praised by a neighbour, Mrs Stanhope. (Mrs Lowry takes Mrs Stanhope's opinions seriously because the two women share similar pretensions to middle-class gentility). The film is essentially a dramatisation of Lowry's struggles to cope with the demands of his selfish, overbearing mother.

Timothy Spall may have been cast as Lowry because, after his success in Mike Leigh's "Mr Turner", someone has obviously got hold of the idea that he is a specialist in biopics about English artists. Here, however, he is too old for the part he is playing; in 1934 Lowry would still have been in his forties, whereas Spall is 62, and, in this film at least, looks older. In reality he is just about young enough to be Vanessa Redgrave's son- there are twenty years between them- but here they look more like two people from the same generation, brother and sister rather than mother and son.

If one can overlook this problem with the characters' ages, Spall and Redgrave are both very good. Elizabeth is in many ways a spiteful domestic tyrant, yet Redgrave manages to make her seem pitiable rather than detestable. The pity lies in the fact that a woman who could have given much to the world should have wasted so much time in petty, snobbish resentments and that someone who clearly had artistic sensibilities herself should have been so blind to her son's genius. Spall's Lowry is very far from the common stereotype of the artistic genius as temperamental egotist- a humble self-effacing man with no airs and graces, willing to sacrifice much for his domineering mother, but not his art.

I have never seen the original play, so do not know how it works on stage, but I do not feel it was the best starting-point for a film about Lowry's life. The film left me wanting to know so much more about Lowry- about the beginning of his career, about his discovery of local Lancashire scenes as his main subject-matter, about his father, who is only seen briefly in flashback. I even wanted to know more about Elizabeth Lowry herself, about how the beautiful and talented young woman we see in the flashback scenes ended up as the bitter old harridan of 117 Station Road. "Mr Turner" is a film with a great breadth of vision; the more restricted, claustrophobic "Mrs Lowry and Son" is not. 7/10

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed