In a word . . . Turner

Maybe it’s an age thing. Early for the film, I was all on my own, and so settled into the best seat in the back row. Bliss was it then, ’till anxiety (...)

Detail from Turner’s ‘A light in the Darkness’. Photograph: Alan Betson,

The muted lighting, the whispers and admiring sighs, the sense of privilege that hovers in the small, often crowded gallery room, are part of one o(...)

Brendan Gleeson: beat Oscar contenders Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall to the prize of best actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott, Irish performers of different generations, have taken the two male acting prizes at the Moët British Independent Fil(...)

Timothy Spall as JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s . Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics 5:20

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way through Mike Leigh’s extraordinary study of JMW Turner when the painter, who is currently taking a lun(...)

Timothy Spall as Joseph Mallard William Turner in ‘Mr Turner’

You could be forgiven for thinking that the visual arts and cinema were made for each other. And there are some great films about artists, fictiona(...)

British actor Timothy Spall poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Best Performance by an Actor award for his role in the movie ‘Mr Turner’ at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes,

There were surprises galore when the Cannes Jury, headed by Australian director Jane Campion, unveiled the prizes for the 2014 festival, but, in the e(...)

Nothing can quite prepare you for the porcine nature of Timothy Spall’s Turner
Review: Mr Turner

Mike Leigh enthusiasts will already be wondering how his study of JMW Turner, perhaps England’s most celebrated painter, fits into a canon characteris(...)

The atmosphere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty 1:54

There is, we are led to believe, usually some sort of conference on at Cannes. If it’s not the Boat and Yacht Show, it’s the Retail Real Estate Market(...)

The Love Punch

The Love Punch is a kind of grey-pound comedy, which is a little insulting for st(...)