Mrs Lowry & Son trailer: Vanessa Redgrave is the overbearing mother of Timothy Spall's L.S. Lowry
Timothy Spall has long since been one of the best actors from these shores and rightfully gained wider recognition when he picked up the best actor award at Cannes for his performance as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's Mr Turner. Mrs Lowry & Son suggests Spall could be in contention again this awards season again, but this time as one of Britain's most iconic artists, L.S. Lowry. When it comes to cornering the market in portraying legendary painters, Spall seems to have it covered. You can watch the first trailer for Mrs Lowry & Son above to see more.
The film follows Lowry in the beginnings of his career, as he yearns for his work to be appreciated in London. However, his disdainful mother, Elizabeth actively tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions. Elizabeth never fails to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he is to her. At the same time, the film explores how Elizabeth is the very reason Lowry paints anything at all, as he desperately seeks to create something, anything, which will make her happy, creating a clever layer of tragic irony. This powerful, yet humorous story imagines the impact this obsessive mother and son relationship had on the great artist. Love is at the very heart of this film.
Adrian Noble directs, with the supporting cast featuring Stephen Lord, Wendy Morgan and Michael Keogh.
Mrs Lowry & Son opens in UK cinemas on August 30.