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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Official Selection

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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.

Co-written with Simon Stephenson 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.

Will Sharpe
Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Olivia Colman
2021 | 111 min | Biography, Historical Drama | United Kingdom
This is a film bursting with imagination.
Orca Sound
Telluride Film Festival 2021
Toronto International Film Festival 2021