The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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

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Film Cast:

  • Louis Wain: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Emily Wain: Claire Foy
  • Caroline Wain: Andrea Riseborough
  • Sir William Ingram: Toby Jones
  • Josephine Wain: Sharon Rooney
  • Claire Wain: Aimee Lou Wood
  • Marie Wain: Hayley Squires
  • Felicie Wain: Stacy Martin
  • Mrs Wain: Phoebe Nicholls
  • Dan Rider: Adeel Akhtar
  • Herbert Railton: Asim Chaudhry
  • Max Kase: Taika Waititi
  • Alicia Simmonds: Crystal Clarke
  • Bendigo: Daniel Rigby
  • Henry Wood: Richard Ayoade
  • Dr Elphick: Julian Barratt
  • Mrs Du Frayne: Dorothy Atkinson
  • H.G. Wells: Nick Cave
  • Narrator: Olivia Colman
  • Praga: Fehinti Balogun
  • Woodville Jr.: Jamie Demetriou
  • Judith: Sophia Di Martino
  • Dr Cooke: Siobhán McSweeney
  • Dr Quantock: Stewart Scudamore
  • Jem Mace: Simon Munnery
  • Train Attendant: James Eeles
  • Journeyman Boxer: Olivier Richters
  • Young Felicie Wain: Indica Watson

Film Crew:

  • Costume Design: Michael O’Connor
  • Director of Photography: Erik Wilson
  • Executive Producer: Ollie Madden
  • Writer: Will Sharpe
  • Producer: Guy Heeley
  • Executive Producer: Ron Halpern
  • Set Decoration: Charlotte Dirickx
  • Casting: Dixie Chassay
  • Production Design: Suzie Davies
  • Executive Producer: Julia Oh
  • Executive Producer: Dan MacRae
  • Makeup Designer: Vickie Lang
  • Key Makeup Artist: Annette Field
  • Editor: Selina Macarthur
  • Co-Producer: Donald Sabourin
  • Supervising Art Director: Caroline Barclay
  • Art Direction: Thalia Ecclestone
  • Producer: Adam Ackland
  • Executive Producer: Didier Lupfer
  • Music: Arthur Sharpe
  • Producer: Leah Clarke
  • Writer: Simon Stephenson

Movie Reviews:

  • **Full Analysis at** – **Intro** – The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is inspiring and offers us important lessons to learn for our lives. It’s elegant, poetic and romantic. A must-watch. – **The Story** – The movie tells us the true story of the eccentric artist Louis Wain. We are in the early 1900s, and Wain is a gifted man who can paint and draw so quickly to leave us surprised by his genius.Louis’s mind is full of ideas and thoughts, moving from music to his research to patent some theories about the mysterious role of electricity in the world. And it’s not because it can power bulbs, but because it can connect us to something else we can’t even think and therefore explain. But Louis needs to provide for his five sisters and their new governess Emily Richardson. So, how will Louis handle his passions and ideas, facing the daily routine and the deadline of the bills that challenge his family? And what Wain is going to learn and teach us? The electricity is not the only explanation strong textbecause interesting and unexpected characters will inspire and support him. It’s an incredible story of geniality and challenges. – Movie Explanation at
  • r96sk: Flew by, did ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’.

    It’s a well paced film that holds solid emotion to it, while it’s nicely acted by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy. I dig the costumes/set designs too. It also gets bonus points for cats, because… cats. It’s not a perfect film, for example the humour is quite off, but it’s definitely an interesting watch. I knew nothing about Louis Wain beforehand but that didn’t hamper my enjoyment, fwiw.

    Cumberbatch is very good as the main man, he brings across all the quirkiness and necessary emotion of Wain. Foy supports strongly, I loved her in The Crown so I’m happy to see more of her. Speaking of that television show, her successor on it, Olivia Colman, is also involved; as narrator. Andrea Riseborough also stood out to me, while I note the appearances of Toby Jones, Adeel Akhtar (Wilson Wilson, to me!) and, unexpectedly, Taika Waititi.

    I almost gave this 3½*, but I think 3* is about right. Good film.

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