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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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 »


L S Lowry: You never liked any of my paintings, mother?
Elizabeth Lowry: No. I'm not the only one, am I?
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Referenced in Granada Reports: 27 August 2019: Late Bulletin (2019) See more »


After the Ball
Performed by David Schaal
Written by Charles K Harris
Public Domain
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Spall & Redgrave deliver poignant performances.
16 November 2019 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This plods along in an almost Alan Bennett-esque fashion. It doesn't ever catch fire, but is well written and does seem to accurately reflect the routine and repetitive existence of both Lowry and his largely bedridden mother. The principals gel well, and we do get a sense of what their relationship might have actually been like in a relatively poverty-stricken industrial Lancashire in the 1930s when Lowry acted as a rent collector. Once you get an understanding of the mundanity of this existence it helps make a little sense of both why it took so long for his art to become recognised (including by his mother) and then as to why it actually did.

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Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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