The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the line-up for this year’s edition – scheduled to take place from 9-18 September – and, to our collective happiness, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will make its Canadian premiere there as part of the Gala Presentations programme. Here’s the official announcement:
The festival’s full schedule will be released only on 24 August but we can already see in its website that the movie is 111 minutes long.
Meanwhile, in its piece covering the announcement, Screen International brought this up:
Will Sharpe’s UK drama The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy will have its Canadian premiere as a Gala Presentation, suggesting it may be bound for a world debut at Telluride in August.
So, hopefully, we have more exciting news coming our way!
The Bookseller has revealed Benedict’s written the foreword for the book Louis Wain’s Cats by Chris Beetles, set to be published by Canongate on 4th November 2021!! The article also states “the book will publish alongside” the release of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, so now we have more of an idea of the movie’s possible release date, that is yet to be announced. More from the piece:
The publisher said: “The Louis Wain cat is arguably the last century’s most recognisable image in cat art. During their heyday, in the time before the First World War, Louis Wain’s cats, dressed as humans, portrayed that stylish Edwardian world having fun: at restaurants and tea parties, going to the races and the seaside, and celebrating Christmas and birthdays. This is a world of cats at play, uninhibited and slightly dangerous, with most group activities likely to turn into mishap, mayhem and catastrophe.
“This is Wain’s world, funny, edgy and animated: a whole cat world. The first comprehensive exhibition of Wain’s work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 1972 and, since then, Louis Wain has steadily become more fashionable, and collected worldwide. This biography contains 300 plates of richness and variety, all of which are reproduced faithfully from the original artwork.”
Jamie Byng, c.e.o. and publisher of Canongate, acquired world rights in the book direct from the author. He said: “Nick Cave introduced me to Louis Wain’s work many years ago via his extensive collection of Wain’s art and I was immediately struck by its distinctive character and Wain’s remarkable draughtmanship. When I heard subsequently that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Wain in a feature film based on his life, I wondered whether there were any substantial books on Wain in print. There weren’t, but thankfully Chris Beetles had published a sumptuously illustrated and beautifully designed monograph that also doubles up as a biography. And I am delighted that we are now reissuing Chris’ superb book with an insightful foreword from Benedict, as it is not only a great book but this forthcoming movie is bound to generate a lot of interest in this overlooked and brilliant artist.”
Cumberbatch has also praised the book, saying: “Chris Beetles’ book is a joy, an inspiration and as thorough a document into understanding the life and times of Louis Wain as one could hope to read.”
Source: The Bookseller
The March 2021 edition of Empire UK magazine features a short interview with director Will Sharpe on The Electrical Life of Louis Wain in which he talks a little about Benedict. Check it out below:
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
The year’s battiest biopic? This may well be it.
On the surface, it all sounds quite traditional: Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring in a biopic of a renowned British artist. But with an idiosyncratic title, and Will Sharpe – the creator of Channel 4’s bleak comedy Flowers – as director, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain should be anything but. Wain, played by Cumberbatch (“He’s always on and always delivers, which is exciting to watch”, says Sharpe), was a cat-obsessed oddball renowned for his fantastical, psychedelic paintings of anthropomorphised feline figures, and who suffered personal tragedy and significant success across his surprisingly long life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What’s more, he may have had schizophrenia, possibly brought on by parasites found in, er, cat shit.