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
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Elizabeth Lowry
Timothy Spall ... L S Lowry
Wendy Morgan ... Mrs. Stanhope
Stephen Lord ... Mr. Stanhope
David Schaal ... Stanley Allcot
Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ... Vera Allcot
Michael Keogh ... Mr. Lowry
Ania Marson ... Bearded Woman
Rose Noble Rose Noble ... Young Elizabeth
Katie Marie-Carter Katie Marie-Carter ... Telephone Box Lady (as Katie Marie Carter)
Jon Furlong ... Drunk Man
Giselle Cullinane ... Bucket Woman
Amanda Higson Amanda Higson ... Woman at Window
Alex Thornton Alex Thornton ... Young Urchin Boy
Jennifer Banks Jennifer Banks ... Old Woman


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

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For fans of Mr Turner


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The scene where part of a lit match breaks off and hits Lowry (Timothy Spall) on the cheek was an unscripted accident but kept in because of the realism it brought and that it reflected the despondency the character was feeling at that time. See more »


L S Lowry is shown as having exhibited Going to Work in 1934. In reality, he didn't paint it until 1943. See more »


Elizabeth Lowry: No, I'm never cheerful. I haven't felt cheerful since 1868, the year of my confirmation.
L S Lowry: That was a long time ago, mother.
Elizabeth Lowry: A lifetime.
L S Lowry: We're living in 1934.
Elizabeth Lowry: I'm aware of that.
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Referenced in Granada Reports: 27 August 2019: Lunchtime Bulletin (2019) See more »


After the Ball
Performed by David Schaal
Written by Charles K Harris
Public Domain
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Acting (and painting) masterclass
11 September 2019 | by davidgeeSee all my reviews

As the title indicates, this is very much a film about Lowry's mother Elizabeth, a chronically ill malingerer, housebound and demanding. She despises almost every one of his early canvases, but when she warms to a picture of ships in the local canal and gives him two shillings to submit it to an exhibition in Manchester, she opens the door to his future glory. A showdown at home is the dramatic climax of this essentially domestic and un-dramatic narrative.

Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave give performances which we have seen in other films, subtly shaded to fit this restrained and evocative story. Adrian Noble has directed a slow-burning movie with few "fireworks", but it offers an acting (and painting) master-class.

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Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Mrs. Lowry and Son See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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2.39 : 1
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