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Watch two clips from Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner

The movie about the iconic artist opens this Friday.

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film Mr Turner hits cinemas on Friday and we’ve got a two part clip to whet your appetite.

In the clips Turner (Timothy Spall) acknowledges Constable (James Fleet) during varnishing day ahead of the Royal Academy of Arts show. Turner, seeing Constable meticulously embellishing, plops a singular blob of bright red paint on his own canvas, clearly antagonising the other master. In the second part of the clip, Turner returns to the red blob and turns it into a buoy!

Mr Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851).

Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.

Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Watch the two clips and the trailer below:

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