LipSync will provide equity investment and post-production for the as-yet-untitled new project by the esteemed British director Mike Leigh, which examines the life of the British landscape painter JMW Turner. Leigh joins a notable list of acclaimed British directors who have brought their projects to LipSync, including Lynne Ramsay, Mike Newell, Stephen Frears, Steve McQueen, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Winterbottom.
The film is financed by Film4, Focus Features International, British Film Institute and LipSync Productions. LipSync will provide full picture and sound post, VFX and deliverables for the film, which is planned for release in 2014.
LipSync previously worked with Post-Production Supervisor Polly Duval on Great Expectations, Made In Dagenham and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People.
Duval said, “Working with Mike Leigh is always a uniquely stimulating and collaborative experience in post production. It’s the crucial final act in a creative process that has been months in the conception and execution. LipSync is already putting together a team for us that is in tune with Mike’s and [Leigh’s DOP] Dick Pope’s objectives – we are delighted by their enthusiasm and shared ambition for the project.”
Peter Hampden, Managing Director, LipSync, said, “We are honoured that Mike has put his trust in LipSync for his latest film. Our post-production team worked incredibly hard on the camera tests and VFX samples to show what we could achieve on a film about a painter famed for his use of light and colour. We’re looking forward to welcoming the production to Wardour Street.”
Although considered an eccentric during his lifetime, Turner is now regarded as one of the Britain's greatest painters. Timothy Spall has been cast in the lead role of the landscape watercolour artist.