The Electrical Life of Louis Wain movie posters and images

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biographical, drama, comedy
Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones
Directed by:
Will Sharpe
Produced by:
Guy Heeley, Ed Clarke, Adam Ackland, Leah Clarke
Music by:
Arthur Sharpe
United Kingdom, United States

English artist Louis Wain rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity.

After his father's death, Louis Wain tries to look after his five sisters and his mother as a freelance artist. He is fortunate that Sir William Ingram, editor of the Illustrated London News, offers him a job as an illustrator. His life takes another positive turn when Emily Richardson, the new governess of his sisters, steps into it. She becomes the love of his life, and soon they take in a stray kitten they call Peter. It is unusual in the Victorian era to keep a cat as a pet, and the cat paintings that Louis painted from then on are just as unusual.