Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More

Mike Leigh Eyes Potential Film About 19th Century British Painter J.M.W. Turner

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 10, 2010 at 4:28AM

No one mines the loves, lives, happiness and sorrow of the British working class better than Mike Leigh, and for the past two decades, he's pretty much made the subject the primary focus of his work. This year, he delivered another spiked heart of a film with "Another Year," tracking the relationships that orbit around an older couple. It's another wonderful slice of life pic from the helmer and we certainly hope that Lesley Manville is nominated for her heartbreaking turn in the picture.
1


No one mines the loves, lives, happiness and sorrow of the British working class better than Mike Leigh, and for the past two decades, he's pretty much made the subject the primary focus of his work. This year, he delivered another spiked heart of a film with "Another Year," tracking the relationships that orbit around an older couple. It's another wonderful slice of life pic from the helmer and we certainly hope that Lesley Manville is nominated for her heartbreaking turn in the picture.

However, for Leigh's next effort, he may take a step away from his usual comfort zone. The LA Times reports that the director is seeking funding for a film about 19th century British painter J.M.W. Turner. "We want to make a film about Turner the painter, and that’s all I have to say about it," Leigh said. "It would have to be an expensive project, so we're working to make it happen."

The Romantic-era "painter of light" was a bit of prodigy, with his first painting exhibited after only one year of study. He traveled around Europe painting and was exhibited frequently. In his later years he battled depression and was said to become more "eccentric" with age. His works endure however, and are seen as a precursor to Impressionism and fetch high prices at auction.

"I'd like to paint a bigger picture. I've only done two period films," Leigh said referring to "Topsy-Turvy" and "Vera Drake." However, it remains to be seen if anyone will pony up the dough required for a drama about a 19th century painter and the high price tag might be a roadblock with Leigh saying, "With 'Topsy-Turvy' we were able to cut the budget by cutting the exteriors. You don’t make a film about Turner and cut the exteriors. This is a guy who strapped himself to the mast of a ship to paint a storm. He’s for real. So, yes, expensive."

It sounds intriguing but Leigh makes no bones that potential financiers are wary. It would be nice to see the director change gears and we hope it comes together. For now, look for "Another Year" when it opens in limited release on December 29th.

This article is related to: Mike Leigh


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates