We are delighted to close our 28th Festival with this beautiful, delicate, intimate and amusing story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Engrossing and entertaining, ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ offers up a veritable masterclass in acting, with Redgrave and Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition. Lowry, not yet established as an artist, works as a rent collector, walking the streets of Salford, mixing with factory workers and observing the town closely. In the evenings, he takes art classes and paints until the early hours of the morning. He is resolutely loyal and well-mannered towards his bitter mother Elizabeth, who tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions and never misses a chance to tell him what a disappointment he is to her. Adrian Noble’s wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry’s snobbish mother is the obstacle preventing him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he desperately tries to create something (whether it be dinner or a painting) that might make her happy. This lovely film is punctuated by delightful moments of humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country’s greatest artists. Our thanks to Vertigo Releasing for this screening.
UK 2019 Adrian Noble 91m
Gala Tickets £29
Sun 25 Aug: Gala Dinner 18:30 - film at 20:30 approx
Also screens Sun 25 Aug 11:00 (Film Only)