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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Adrian Noble

  • Starring

    Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Wendy Morgan, Stephen Lord, David Schaal

  • Run Time

    mins

  • Release Year

    2019

  • Country of Origin

    UK

  • Language

    English

  • Director of Photography: Josep M. Civit

  • Editor: Chris Gill

  • Produced by: Debbie Gray

  • Music: Craig Armstrong

  • Screenplay by: Martyn Hesford

  • Production Designer: Catrin Meredydd

  • Sound Production: David Evans

Director Bio

Adrian Noble

Adrian Noble is a theatre and film director, and was also the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990–2003. His RSC productions include A Doll’s House, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, The Secret Garden and Cymbeline. Adrian’s recent productions include Brand by Ibsen starring Ralph Fiennes, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and Summer and Smoke with Rosamund Pike.

 

World PREMIERE

Mrs Lowry and Son

Part of the Closing Night Gala Strand

Body

This is the beautiful, delicate, intimate and amusing story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S. Lowry, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. Engrossing and entertaining, Mrs Lowry & Son offers up a veritable masterclass in acting, with Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition.   Lowry (Spall), not yet established as an artist, works as a rent collector, walking the streets of Salford, mixing with factory workers and observing the town closely. In the evenings, he takes art classes and paints until the early hours of the morning. He is resolutely loyal and well mannered towards his bitter mother, Elizabeth (Redgrave), who tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions and never misses a chance to tell him what a disappointment he is to her.   Adrian Noble’s wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry’s snobbish mother is the obstacle preventing him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he desperately tries to create something (whether it be dinner or a painting) that might make her happy. This lovely film is punctuated by delightful moments of humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country’s greatest artists. [PG]



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