An intimate portrayal of the relationship between one of greatest artists of the 20th century, L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), and his overbearing, bitter and bedridden mother, Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave).
Spending his days as a rent collector, artist L.S. Lowry takes art classes in the evening and paints well into the early hours of the morning. He yearns to transition into having his work appreciated in London and beyond his disdainful mother. However, Elizabeth is the very reason Lowry paints anything at all, as he desperately seeks to create something, anything, that will make her happy.