Adrian Noble’s Mrs Lowry & Son to commence shooting in Greater Manchester
by Kaleem Aftab
- Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall, the film will be financed by Rome-based Library Films, produced by Genesius Pictures and sold by The Little Film Company
Former chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble’s Mrs Lowry & Son will examine the relationship between the hugely important British artist LS Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth. Vanessa Redgrave will play the role of Elizabeth, opposite Timothy Spall in the role of LS Lowry. This is Noble’s third film, following A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2015).
Spending his days as a rent collector, Lowry took art classes by night, painting into the early hours of the morning when his mother fell asleep, in order to hone his craft as he aspired to have his work appreciated among the elites of London. Elizabeth proves to be both the catalyst and the curse of Lowry’s career, criticising his every move whilst spurring him on to create a work – anything – that will impress her.
The screenplay is by award-winning writer Martyn Hesford (Fantabulosa!), adapted from his stage play of the same name. The producer is Debbie Gray, of British outfit Genesius Pictures (Northern Soul). The director of photography is Josep M Civit, the editor is Chris Gill, with production design by Catrin Meredydd and costume design by two-time Academy Award winner Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, The King’s Speech [+see also:
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International sales are being handled by Robbie Little for the UK’s The Little Film Company. Gianfrancesco Favino and Rome-based Library Films are one of the financiers and have secured the Italian distribution rights. The film is also being made in association with Moya Productions and IPG Media in Australia.
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