Today's letter from the Editor
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...
Page 3 Profile: Timothy Spall, actor
The king of Cannes?
Debuting at Cannes Film Festival, Timothy Spall’s new film, Mr Turner, is the talk of the town. Showered with glowing reviews, it is now hotly tipped to take home the coveted Palme d’Or award.
Erm, no. It’s a biopic of the Romantic painter JMW Turner. And, according to our film critic Geoffrey Macnab, it is “a rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall”.
What’s the story?
Directed by Mike Leigh, the film traces the artist’s life from Holland to London. Congratulated for steering clear of melodrama (the tortured love affair, the pursuit of perfection leading to madness), it instead explores Turner’s everyday life. And the homely Spall acts the part perfectly, says Macnab: “As played by Spall, Turner is a grunting, walrus-like figure with a hint of Charles Dickens’ Sam Weller about him.”
Very good. Spall’s certainly got the experience to do Turner justice. The son of a hairdresser and a postal worker, he trained at the National Youth Theatre and Rada, going on to appear in a host of blockbuster films.
And the cinematographer must have had his work cut out?
Certainly. Turner’s watercolours, particularly their depiction of light, were crucial in landscape painting. But cinematographer Dick Pope has, by all accounts, done a spectacular job of recreating some of the great artist’s best-known paintings on screen.
An instant classic?
The film perhaps, but it was a different story for Turner himself, who struggled to win over some contemporaries. Queen Victoria scorned his work.
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats