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With Timothy Spall in the lead role, Mr. Turner takes a look at the last 25 years of British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner’s life.
Heavily affected by the death of his father, William (Paul Jesson), who lived with him for 30 years and worked as his studio assistant, Turner’s behaviour becomes more and more eccentric. Loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby (Dorothy Atkinson), who he exploits and takes for granted, he begins a relationship with seaside landlady, Sophia Booth (Marion Bailey), and ends up living as ‘Mr. Booth’ in her Chelsea house.
Mr. Turner shows how the eccentric painter was both adored and despised by the British public, Monarchy and fellow artists. You see how Turner really lived in the final 25 years of his life, from travelling, painting, dealing with death, falling in love, being a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, to being strapped to the mast of a ship so he can paint a snowstorm.