The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Get a charge from the first Electrical Life of Louis Wain trailer!

Cats, quirk and Cumberbatch! Let the internet rejoice for Amazon Prime has finally released the first trailer for their upcoming feature The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

The turn-of-the-century biopic, which marks the feature debut of director Will Sharpe, tracks the life of eccentric British illustrator Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch)—best known for his timeless, playful and colourful cat drawings. The troubled artist changed the public perception of cats in Britain and even helped popularize felines as house pets, as opposed to jobbing mouse catchers. Though Wain’s art was often simple and charming, his personal life was far more complicated and often marked with great sadness. But at the centre of everything is his love of the family’s governess, Emily Richardson (Claire Foy) and his quest to uncover the “electrical” essence at the heart of existence.

Louis Wain screened at both Telluride and TIFF (read our review) this September, but now everyone can get a sneak peek at the film courtesy of the new trailer. Keep an eye out for a few famous cameos, a taste of Arthur Sharpe’s fantastic score, and some cats. Many cats. A cluster of kitties, if you will, and one scene-stealing kitten in particular. You’ll know them when you see them.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain arrives to theatres October 22 and Prime Video on November 5.


Stay tuned for our interview with the film’s director, Will Sharpe.