Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner
Mr Turner poster.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed byMike Leigh
Produced byGeorgina Lowe
Written byMike Leigh
Music byGary Yershon
CinematographyDick Pope
Edited byJon Gregory
Distributed byEntertainment One Films[1] (United Kingdom)
Diaphana Films (France)
Prokino Filmverleih (Germany)
Release date
  • 15 May 2014 (2014-05-15) (Cannes)[2]
  • 31 December 2014 (2014-12-31) (United Kingdom)
Running time
154 minutes[3]
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
Budget£8.4 million[4]
Box office$22.2 million[5]

Mr. Turner is a 2014 biographical drama film based on the last 25 years of the life of painter J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). Written and directed by Mike Leigh, the film stars Timothy Spall in the title role, with Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville, and Martin Savage. It premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[6] where Spall won the award for Best Actor[7] and Dick Pope received a special jury prize for the film's cinematography.[8]

The film was critically acclaimed and received four nominations each at the 87th Academy Awards and 68th British Academy Film Awards.

Describing Turner as "a great artist: a radical, revolutionary painter", writer/director Leigh explained, "I felt there was scope for a film examining the tension between this very mortal, flawed individual, and the epic work, the spiritual way he had of distilling the world".[9]


The film depicts the last quarter-century of the British painter J. M. W. Turner's life. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally uses sexually, he forms a close and loving relationship with a seaside landlady, Mrs. Booth, with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.

Turner travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits a brothel, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.[10]

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български: Г-н Търнър
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italiano: Turner (film)
latviešu: Misters Tērners
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polski: Pan Turner
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українська: Містер Тернер
中文: 特纳先生