Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall are to take the title roles in Geniuses Pictures movie version of Martyn Hesford’s stage play, Mrs Lowry & Son.

It’s the second time Spall has portrayed a famous artist. He played JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner in 2014.

Mrs Lowry & Son examines the relationship between artist L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth. Vanessa Redgrave will play the role of Lowry’s mother Elizabeth, opposite Timothy Spall in the role of L.S. Lowry.

Lowry lived all of his life with his overbearing mother, a bed-ridden and depressed presence in her bachelor son’s life and a deterring voice as he pursued his artistic ambition.
Mrs Lowry & Son is directed by Adrian Noble (former chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company), and the screenplay is by the writer of the original play Martyn Hesford (Fantabulosa!). The producer is Debbie Gray (Northern Soul, Maxine Peak as Hamlet, The More You Ignore Me).

Director of Photography is Josep M. Civit (The King of Havana, The Hidden Face, The More You Ignore Me), the editor is Chris Gill (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 28 Weeks Later), with production design by Catrin Meredydd (iBoy, Black Mirror). Costume design is by two-time Academy Award winner Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, The King’s Speech).

Principle photography will begin in mid-January on location in Greater Manchester.

Staff Reporter

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