This film is not currently scheduled to screen at New Park.
Engrossing and entertaining, ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ offers up a veritable masterclass in acting, with Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition.
L.S. Lowry, not yet established as an artist, works as a rent collector, walking the streets of Salford, mixing with factory workers and observing the town closely. In the evenings, he takes art classes and paints until the early hours of the morning.
He is resolutely loyal and well-mannered towards his bitter mother Elizabeth, who tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions and never misses a chance to tell him what a disappointment he is to her. This lovely film is punctuated by delightful moments of humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country’s greatest artists. Closed the recent Chichester International Film Festival.