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Mrs. Lowry and Son (2019)

Mrs Lowry & Son (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 November 2019 (USA)
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A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion.

Director:

Adrian Noble

Writer:

Martyn Hesford
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Cast

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Lowry and Son See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,903,178
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Production Co:

Genesius Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the film the further fate of Mrs Lowry and her son, L.S. Lowry, are outlined in text on screen: "Elizabeth Lowry died in 1939. Later that year L.S. Lowry received his first major exhibition in London. L.S. Lowry became one of the most famous and beloved British artists. Today his paintings sell for millions of pounds. He was offered an OBE and a Knighthood in 1968. He turned both honours down, 'There seemed little point... once mother was dead.' In October 2000 The Lowry arts centre was opened in Salford Quays in honour of LS Lowry and his work." See more »

Goofs

Mrs Lowry describes the house they live in as a "2 up 2 down"giving the impression it is a pokey and cramped inexpensive place. In real life the actual house in Pendlebury was quite spacious with six rooms. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Lowry: [reading from a newspaper] "An ugly painting. The painting by Mr L.S. Lowry - Coming From The Mill - is confusing and appears to have been painted by a child. The figures if we may call them figures are nothing but smudges. Ridiculous marionettes suspended in a squalid industrial scene. If this is Mr Lowry's vision of the Lancashire landscape and its people, I feel very sorry for him. It is a most unsatisfactory picture and an insult to the people of Lancashire."
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Connections

Featured in Granada Reports: 27 August 2019: Late Bulletin (2019) See more »

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Was It Love?
Performed by Bidgood's Broadcasters
Written by Irving Caesar, Harry Rosenthal and Con Conrad
Published by WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.
Transferred from original shellac Broadcast 407B
Courtesy of Eyehear Ltd
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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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