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Leigh on making JMW Turner come to life

Director Mike Leigh talks about how he turned JMW Turner's life into a film.

Mr Turner, stars Timothy Spall, and Leigh said that despite there being no surviving photographs of Turner, Spall embodies the character perfectly and gave 'the performance of his life'.

A team of art historians and Turner experts were used to help research the material needed for the film which Leigh said he has been wanting to make for over a decade.

Looking around Tate Britain's Late Turner exhibition, the award winning director told David Sillito about the film and why he was so keen to make it.

  • 10 Oct 2014
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