Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner
Mike Leigh
United kingdom, France, Germany
Biography, Drama, Fiction
J.M.W. Turner, Mike Leigh
Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson and Timothy Spall.
Thin Man Films Ltd, Focus Features International (FFI), Film4, Xofa Productions


Seven-time Academy Award nominee writer/director Mike Leigh has been planning for over a decade his most ambitious film yet, a portrait of British artist J.M.W. Turner. The National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy have granted special access to some of Turner's original works. 

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Festival de Cannes 2014
Award to Best Actor
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
BFI London Film Festival 2014
Galas Section
Seville European Film Festival 2014
Official Section:
Winner of Best Director Award, Best Actor Award (Timothy Spall), and Special Mention to Official Section Asecan Best Film Award.

European Film Awards (EFA) 2014
Winner: European Actor (Timothy Spall)
BAFTA Awards 2015
Nomination: Make-Up And Hair, Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design
Oscar 2015
Nominations: Music Original score, Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design


Spain (19 of December 2014)
United kingdom (31 of October 2014)