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Timothy Spall's Mr Turner movie earns most complaints

By Robert Dex

Mike Leigh's Oscar-nominated artistic biopic Mr Turner won its star, Timothy Spall, the best actor award at Cannes - but has now earned a more unlikely accolade as the year's most complained about film.

The movie, which starred Spall as the painter JMW Turner, caused more controversy with cinemagoers than any other, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Spall is poised to play late DUP leader Ian Paisley in a forthcoming film about the former First Minister's friendship with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

The BBFC's annual report stated that 19 people complained about a scene in Mr Turner, which had a 12A classification, where Spall's "clothed buttocks are seen clenching vigorously, before the scene cuts to a close-up of his face and his thrusting head and shoulders".

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