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Mrs Lowry & Son depicts the relationship between L.S. Lowry, one of Britain’s most iconic artists, and

his mother Elizabeth, with whom he lived until her death. Spall plays Lowry and Redgrave his overbearing


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. At the same time, the film explores how Elizabeth is the very reason Lowry paints anything

at all, as he desperately seeks to create something, anything, which will make her happy, creating a

clever layer of tragic irony. This powerful, yet humorous story imagines the impact this obsessive

mother and son relationship had on the great artist. Love is at the very heart of this film.

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. Such was his eventual success that he was offered

five honours over his lifetime, including a knighthood in 1968 – all of which he rejected – and his work

was displayed in a retrospective, record-breaking exhibition at the Tate. His work sells for millions.