Magazine article Screen International

Focus Reunites with Mike Leigh on Turner Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Focus Reunites with Mike Leigh on Turner Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features International (FFI) will handle worldwide sales on the film about the celebrated English landscape painter J M W Turner to star Timothy Spall and will co-finance with BFI and Film4.

FFI chief Alison Thompson made the announcement at the EFM in Berlin on Friday [8] and will commence sales in Cannes.

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Untitled Mike Leigh project

"We're immensely looking forward to this new venture with Mike, whose unique style and storytelling is bound to deliver a compelling and beautiful film about this ground-breaking artist," said Thompson.

Turner marks the latest collaboration between FFI and Leigh following Another Year.

"Turner as a character is compelling," said Leigh.

"I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. …

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