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 »
After the Ball
Performed by David Schaal
Written by Charles K Harris
Public Domain See more »
Acting (and painting) masterclass
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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