The story of the last years in the life of William Turner, a British painter active at the turn of the 19th century. Recognized as one of the forefathers of impressionism, Turner was also a tireless worker. During what was a colorful life, he completed some 30,000 works, including sketches, oil paintings, and watercolors. One of his favorite forms of expression were maritime paintings depicting battles at sea and landscapes. This time, Mike Leigh leaves behind his typical portrayals of the conditions of contemporary society in order to make the second-after Topsy-Turvy (1999)-biopic of his career. Turner's rich life helped him make a work with character. Leigh boldly shows the final years in the life of this master, who, while being underappreciated, constantly had to grapple with things in his own life: his father's illness and death, the steady stream of short-lived relationships with women, and, finally, the jeers that came in response to the eccentric works appearing on his canvases. All of these aspects formed the reality of an artist who seemed not to care and who kept on creating works in beautiful, bright colors.
Born in Salford, England, in 1943, Mike Leigh studied Theater at several well-known British institutions. He began his career as a stage director and playwright in the mid-1960s. He made his film debut in 1971 with Bleak Moments. Decades later, he returned to theater and television. High Hopes (1988) allowed him to return to the world of cinema and made him a household name. Since then, Leigh has made dozens of films that have captured awards at festivals all over the world.
1984 Meantime (TV)
1993 Nadzy / Naked
1996 Sekrety i kłamstwa / Secrets & Lies
2004 Vera Drake
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky, czyli co nas uszczęśliwia / Happy-Go-Lucky