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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (12A)

Artist’s Choice Film Screening

Sat 20 Jan 2024


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Rated 12


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s | £5* Studio 74 Members & Gallery visitors



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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (12A)

Artist’s Choice Film Screening

This film is presented as part of James Paddock‘s exhibition, Life could be done so much better.

Dir. Will Sharpe
111 mins | 2022 | France, UK, USA
Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones
Narrated by Olivia Colman

This film is presented alongside artist James Paddock’s exhibition, Life could be done so much better. English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect the relationship between his creativity and his mental health condition.

The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public’s perception of cats forever.

Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).

∆ BBFC Rating Details:

Rated 12 – infrequent strong language


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