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Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 November 2019 (USA)
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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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Adrian Noble

Writer:

Martyn Hesford
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Elizabeth Lowry
Timothy Spall ... L S Lowry
Stephen Lord ... Mr. Stanhope
David Schaal ... Man In Bath
Wendy Morgan ... Mrs. Stanhope
Michael Keogh ... Mr. Lowry
Jon Furlong ... Drunk Man
John Alan Roberts ... Art Critic
Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ... Wife of Man in Bath
Rose Noble Rose Noble ... Young Elizabeth
Giselle Cullinane ... Bucket Woman
Kíla Lord Cassidy Kíla Lord Cassidy ... Street Girl
Amanda Higson Amanda Higson ... Woman at Window
Laurence Mills Laurence Mills ... Young Laurie
Paul Bergquist Paul Bergquist ... Flashback tea guest
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Lowry and Son See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,867,196
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Production Co:

Genesius Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where part of a lit match breaks off and hits Lowry (Timothy Spall) on the cheek was an unscripted accident but kept in because of the realism it brought and that it reflected the despondency the character was feeling at that time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[First Lines]
L S Lowry: I paint what I see. I paint how I feel. I'm a man who paints. Nothing more, nothing less. Every picture I paint always begins the same way. It begins in the same colour. Underneath every picture is the colour white. Flake white.
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Connections

Featured in Granada Reports: 27 August 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Introduction
Taken from Coppelia Ballet Part 1
Performed by Viennese Symphony Orchestra
Written by Léo Delibes and arranged by Émile Tavan
Public Domain
Transferred from original shellacs Piccadilly No. 110
Courtesy of Eyehear Ltd
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Acting (and painting) masterclass
11 September 2019 | by davidgeeSee all my reviews

As the title indicates, this is very much a film about Lowry's mother Elizabeth, a chronically ill malingerer, housebound and demanding. She despises almost every one of his early canvases, but when she warms to a picture of ships in the local canal and gives him two shillings to submit it to an exhibition in Manchester, she opens the door to his future glory. A showdown at home is the dramatic climax of this essentially domestic and un-dramatic narrative.

Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave give performances which we have seen in other films, subtly shaded to fit this restrained and evocative story. Adrian Noble has directed a slow-burning movie with few "fireworks", but it offers an acting (and painting) master-class.


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