Magazine article Screen International

Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall to Star in L.S. Lowry Biopic (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall to Star in L.S. Lowry Biopic (Exclusive)

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Biopic of painter due to shoot from mid-January in Manchester.

Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall

Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave and BAFTA-nominee Timothy Spall are to star in Mrs Lowry & Son, about the relationship between British painter L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth.

Redgrave will play the role of Lowry’s mother opposite Spall in the role of painter Lowry who was famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century.

He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as ’matchstick men’.

The artist lived all of his life with his overbearing mother, a bed-ridden and depressed presence in her bachelor son’s life and a deterring voice as he pursued his artistic ambition. Spending his days as a rent collector, Lowry took art classes by night, painting into the early hours of the morning when his mother fell asleep, to hone his craft as he aspired to have his work appreciated among the elites of London. Lowry also rejected a number of honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968. …

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