Directed by Mike Leigh. With Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey. An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Mr. Turner (2014)

Turner An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.

Sad, touching, real. Brenda Blethyn is a miracle on screen in any role. Secrets & Lies (1996) dir. by Mike Leigh

Secrets & Lies (1996)

Secrets & Lies Successful black woman traces her birth mother to a lower-class white woman, who denies it; emotions run high as everyone's secrets are exposed.

Life Is Sweet / HU DVD 6714 /

By Chaz LippBefore checking out Life is Sweet, Mike Leigh’s 1990 breakthrough film, Secrets & Lies was the only of his films I’d seen. That 1996 film

Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner is Mike Leigh's "Life is Sweet".

Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner in Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh,

Mike Leigh's women: Abigail’s Party

The key to Mike Leigh: from Beverly to Mary

Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh. Alison Steadman is fabulous as bitchy Beverly.

'Topsy-Turvy', Mike Leigh's 1999 biographical treatment of Gilbert and Sullivan

The magic of Gilbert and Sullivan

'Topsy Turvy', 2000 - Mike Leigh's Brilliant nod to legendary British Musical composers, Gilbert & Sullivan.

This movie about Gilbert & Sullivan and The Mikado is hilarious. One of the funniest movies/musical dramas ever made and the production values are just beautiful. Mike Leigh wrote and directed it. A superb riot.

To coincide with the general release of Mike Leigh’s film Mr Turner, we take a look at the long Hollywood history of artists in film, and their varying degrees of success...

Sony Pictures Classics presents 'Mr. Turner' - A film by Mike Leigh - Opens NY & LA December Coming Soon to A City Near You

Secrets and Lies, Mike Leigh, 1996

Secrets & Lies British film directed by Mike Leigh and starring Brenda Blethyn, who won the award for Best Actress at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Received the Palme d'Or, and five Academy Award nominations.