Although I’ve only seen one of Mike Leigh’s films, that film (Topsy-Turvy) is one of my very favorites. Here he seems to be returning to the form of that film, making another epic-length biopic of a major figure in 19th-century British culture, in this case the painter J.M.W. Turner.
I’ve already noted that I consider Timothy Spall, who plays Turner, to be a frontrunner for the Best Actor award at this year’s Cannes Festival. This trailer only affirms that belief, since it looks as if Spall communicates Turner’s fragile emotional state very subtly (notice his reaction to the question “Are you still painting your nice little pictures?”).
The tone of the trailer is a little more awards-baity than I’d like, but the reviews–namely this rave from Indiewire–are highly enthusiastic. And I will say that while the score starts out unremarkably, it reaches a rather exhilarating climax. I’m really looking forward to it. Coincidentally, it opens in the U.S. on December 19th–the 153rd anniversary of Turner’s death.
- Original (?) Screenplay
- Actor (Timothy Spall)
- (Supporting?) Actress (Dorothy Atkinson)
- Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville)
- Production Design
- Costume Design
- Original Score