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Watch: New Clip for Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner Biopic 'Mr. Turner' Starring Timothy Spall

Photo of Brandon Latham By Brandon Latham | Indiewire May 14, 2014 at 4:05PM

Writer/director Mike Leigh's newest film, J.M.W. Turner biopic "Mr. Turner" will show at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, but the first clip has already arisen. In this clip, star Timothy Spall carries his outspoken protagonist through an 80 second take that allows him to maneuver through a gallery showing in the film's 19th century setting.

Mike Leigh has been nominated for seven Oscars and returns to Cannes this month with the biographical film "Mr. Turner," which chronicles the last quarter-century in the life of the famed 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner. Equally reviled and adored, Turner was the sort of electric historical figure that the industry has been gravitating towards, especially as many Americans are fully initiated Anglophiles. Writer-director Leigh, most recently having global success with "Another Year," made the film to showcase the polarizing aspects of the eccentric painter, played by Timothy Spall.  

The challenge of creating a film about an artist is that the product must do justice to the subject. In this clip, it is clear that Leigh had enough ambition in making "Mr. Turner" to match the artist's work. It showcases this ambition through extremely long takes and densely filled period sets. The cast also includes Richard Bremmer and Tom Edden who are featured in the clip.

"Mr. Turner" will screen in competition at Cannes and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics later this year. Check out the film's trailer and the first clip below:

This article is related to: Mr. Turner, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh, 2014 Cannes Film Festival , Cannes Film Festival, Trailers, Clips

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