Irish Film Institute -MIKE LEIGH Q&A + MR TURNER (PREVIEW)


Director: MIKE LEIGH

150 minutes, U.K.-France-Germany, 2014, Colour


We are delighted to welcome director Mike Leigh to the IFI on Sunday, October 19th for an interview following a preview of his new feature, Mr. Turner.

Mike Leigh has fulfilled a long held ambition to make a film about British painter J.M.W. Turner. Focusing on the 25 years before his death, Mr. Turner depicts a character who, in Leigh’s words, was “a giant among artists, single-minded and uncompromising, extraordinarily prolific, revolutionary in his approach, consummate at his craft, clairvoyant in his vision”, but also “eccentric, anarchic, vulnerable, imperfect, erratic and sometimes uncouth. He could be selfish and disingenuous, mean yet generous, and he was capable of great passion and poetry.” 

These complexities are embodied in an incredible, physical performance from Timothy Spall, who veers from pontificating about art in high society to issuing guttural grunts, from claiming the moral high ground to visiting a brothel or sexually exploiting his housekeeper. More than a standard period biopic, Mr. Turner is an enigmatic marvel from a masterful filmmaker. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

Tickets €12 (€10 for IFI Members).

Mr. Turner opens at the IFI on October 31st. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, October 28th.

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