EIFF 2019 Closing Night Gala: Mrs Lowry & Son

Edinburgh International Film Festival has today announced that the intimate and moving biopic of painter, L. S. Lowry, Mrs Lowry & Son will close this year’s Festival. The World Premiere will take place at Festival Theatre on Sunday 30 June.

Tickets are now available here: https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/2019/mrs-lowry-son.

Mrs Lowry & Son depicts the relationship between L.S. Lowry, played by Timothy Spall, one of Britain’s most iconic artists, and his mother Elizabeth, played by Vanessa Redgrave, with whom he lived until her death.

The film follows Lowry in the beginnings of his career, as he yearns for his work to be appreciated in London. However, his disdainful mother, Elizabeth actively tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions. Elizabeth never fails to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he is to her. This powerful, yet humorous story imagines the impact this obsessive mother and son relationship had on the great artist.

L.S. Lowry became internationally famous for his depictions of 20th century industrial life in the North West of England, and the legacy of his work remains a huge presence in the region, not least at The Lowry, a purpose-built art gallery in Salford Quays.

The film is directed by Adrian Noble, the former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and made by production company, Genesius Pictures. Noble said,

“The preparation and shoot of Mrs Lowry & Son was one of the highlights of my directing career. The opportunity to work with actors, cinematographer, designers of such calibre was a privilege and brought out the very best in all of us. It’s primarily a film about the relationship between a mother and her son. She suffocates him, slowly and systematically, but he finds release and life through his art and in the streets of Salford.

"Great actors, great performances. I’m particularly delighted that my film will be premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. I have had theatre productions visit the city over the years. I’ve always been struck by the bracing intelligence of the audiences and the respect given to all matters artistic.”

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival added,

Mrs Lowry & Son is a delightful balance of drama and humour, beautifully performed by Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall and directed by compassion and style by Adrian Noble. It is such a pleasure to close this year’s festival with this great British film.”

Adrian Noble, the cast, BAFTA, Ivor Novello and Golden Globe winning Composer, Craig Armstrong, OBE, and the Oscar and BAFTA winning Costume Designer, Jenny Beavan are expected to attend this year’s Festival.

Following its World Premiere at the Festival, Vertigo will be releasing the film this summer in UK and Ireland.

For more information on this year’s Festival, visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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About Edinburgh International Film Festival

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

EIFF is supported by Screen Scotland, the PLACE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals), the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFFFilmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.