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BFF21 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

M 111 MIN
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Synopsis

An eccentric artist introduces Victorian London to the delights of cats in this enlightening biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose, The Imitation Game).

In a dazzling, career-best performance, Cumberbatch plays one of Britain’s most influential eccentrics in this extraordinary true story of a brilliant but troubled soul which moves from the late 1800s through to the 1930s.

Brimming with creativity, Louis Wain’s widely published playful drawings of anthropomorphized cats transformed them from mysterious to irresistible, helping to change the public’s perception of cats forever. Yet, his stormy view of the world keeps him from engaging much with society, until he hires Emily Richardson (Claire Foy, The Crown, First Man), a kind, curious governess for his sisters, who illuminates his life in a way even he’d never imagined.

Written and directed by BAFTA winner Will Sharpe (Flowers) and narrated by Olivia Colman, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is alive with imagination in every scene.

Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Telluride Film Festival 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival 2021

Reviews

"An exceptionally sincere piece of filmmaking."

- Roger Ebert


"The century-old story feels fresh."

- New York Post


"This is a film bursting with imagination."

- Orca Sound


Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 3rd November

Duration

111 min

Rating

M

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman, Claire Foy, Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough

Director

Will Sharpe

Genre

Film Festival

Language

English

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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