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Biopics, Drama, Period and Historical
This biopic focuses on the later years of one of the masters of British painting, J.M.W. Turner, taking in the death of his father, and relationships with two women; one his devoted, long-suffering housekeeper, the other a seaside landlady who eventually becomes his companion. Having trained as a painter for two years, Timothy Spall gives an extraordinary performance as Turner, extracting the many flaws and layers behind the genius. Although fittingly filming on a larger canvas, with strikingly beautiful landscapes that emulate rather than recapture Turner’s own work, Mike Leigh characteristically focuses on the domestic, rather than the masterworks themselves. The result is a bawdy, eccentric and fascinating portrait of an iconic cultural figure, a crucial period in art history, and a transformative time in British society.
Art, artists and experimental film are explored in this resource. Contains exemplar student films exhibited at the Scottish Nat'l Gallery.
Biopic of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a defining figure of 1980s New York.
16+ years 108 mins
Mike Leigh's 19th century-set film about song-writing duo Gilbert and Sullivan which explores the timeless problems of collaboration.
14+ years 154 mins
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This mammoth undertaking charts the life and death of artist Vincent Van Gogh, with every single frame of the film actually a painting in Van Gogh's own style.
Reading time 6 mins
Reporter Molly visited BAFTA HQ in London to hear from Oscar nominated cinematographer Dick Pope.
Reading time 3 mins
Mr. Turner sees Mike Leigh take his noteworthy filmmaking style to the Romantic era for a fantastic biopic of the great and eccentric painter J. M. W. Turner.
Viewing time 4 mins
Award-winning British director Mike Leigh speaks to students about what inspired him to become a filmmaker.
Viewing time 6 mins
Catch up with our young reporter interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh and other filmmakers at the BFI London Film Festival.
Reading time 3 mins
Stories that depict great accomplishments and celebrate the incredible feats that filmmakers themselves have achieved with their works over the years.
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