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Mrs Lowry & Son © Vertigo Releasing
Mrs Lowry & Son © Vertigo Releasing

Behind the scenes of LS Lowry cinema biopic Mrs Lowry & Son

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The Lowry Galleries are hosting a special display giving a peak behind the scenes of the new cinema biopic celebrating Lowry’s life.

Mrs Lowry & Son stars Timothy Spall as artist LS Lowry and Vanessa Redgrave as his mother Elizabeth, with whom the artist lived until her death in 1939, when Lowry was 52-years-old.

Giving an insight into their mother-son relationship, we see a bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively trying to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, and never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he is to her.

Thankfully history viewed his work much more favourably than his mother ever did. And the gallery that bears his name is giving a unique insight into the making of the film before it opens nationwide on 30 August 2019.

Mrs Lowry & Son © Vertigo Releasing
Mrs Lowry & Son © Vertigo Releasing

The special display will include behind the scenes photographs, props from the set, film clips, mood boards, shooting schedules and the final screenplay signed by the film’s stars.

“This is a real treat for LS Lowry fans,” says Claire Stewart, curator of The Lowry Collection. “Mrs Lowry & Son brings to life the very complicated relationship that Lowry had with his mother – who features in a number of his paintings and drawings that we have in the collection”.

Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1912 
© The Lowry Collection, Salford
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1912 © The Lowry Collection, Salford

There is also a chance to view a selection of paintings and watercolours by actor, Timothy Spall, which he painted during and after filming as LS Lowry.

“We’re delighted to be working with the producers to give visitors to our permanent exhibition this special insight ahead of the film’s release later in the summer,” adds Claire. “Timothy Spall is a talented painter in his own right and this is a special opportunity to see his paintings”.

Read our interview with the film’s stars Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

The  Mrs Lowry & Son display opens at The Lowry Galleries, Salford Quays on Saturday 20 July 2019 and will sit alongside The Lowry’s permanent exhibition, LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist.

The Lowry is hosting a special ‘Gala Premiere’ of the upcoming LS Lowry biopic, Mrs Lowry & Son, on Tuesday 27 August. Tickets for the red carpet event are on sale priced at £15. Timothy Spall will be among those attending the premiere in the venue’s Lyric Theatre and will take part in an on-stage ‘In Conversation’ with the film’s director, former Royal Shakespeare Company director, Adrian Noble, after the screening.

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