Magazine article Screen International

SPC Acquires Turner Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

SPC Acquires Turner Biopic

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The distributor has made a pre-emptive swoop on North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights. Focus Features International handles the rest of the world and introduced the Mike Leigh project at the EFM last month.

Untitled Mike Leigh 13 will star the film-maker's occasional collaborator Timothy Spall as the renowned British artist JMW Turner. Leigh has planned the film for over a decade and is finally ready to commence principal photography this spring for a 2014 release.

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Georgina Lowe produces and Gail Egan serves as executive producer. Production partners include Film4, British Film Institute, Focus Features International, LipSync and Xofa Productions.

The National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy have granted special access to some of Turner's original works.

"Turner as a character is compelling," said Leigh in a statement. …

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