Broadsheet Trailer Park: Mr Turner

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What you may need to know:

1. Venerable veteran Mike Leigh directs Timothy Spall in this biopic of Victorian artist JMW Turner, one of the forerunners of modern abstract art.

2. We liked his early landscapes better. #Hipster.

3. Mr Turner received glowing feedback from critics after its premiere at Cannes, where Spall took home the Best Actor award.

4. Spall is something of a Leigh regular, having also appeared in Life is Sweet (1990), Secrets and Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999) and All or Nothing (2002).

5. You can’t really go wrong with Leigh. Naked (1993) is a personal favourite, but Meantime (1984), Leigh’s portrait of life under Thatcher in the 1980s is well worth seeking out.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Painting is cool.

Release Date:  October 31

(DelBoy is away. Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie)

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