Mr. Turner* (12A)
(Electric Palace, Harwich)
Overlong, beautifully picturesque biopic of the later years of J.M.W. Turner with a warts-and-all central performance, who comes across as a rather unpleasant figure neglecting his daughters and devoted housekeeper for a succession of mistresses and female acquaintances whilst all the while pursuing his sketches and classic paintings, skirting through the years in several short scenes, but lacking a certain humanity, with touches of Leigh's flair for caricature.
Written and Directed by: Mike Leigh.
Producer: Georgina Lowe.
Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Martin Savage, James Fleet (as Constable), David Horowitch, Leo Bill.
Photography: Dick Pope.
Music: Gary Yershon.