Lady Macbeth

2016/Color/89 mins/UK




Category Country Focus: UK: Contemporary
Director William Oldroyd
Producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
Screenplay Alice Birch
Cinematography Ari Wegner
Editor Nick Emerson
Music Martin Belshaw
Set Jacqueline Abrahams
Costume Holly Waddington
Cast Florence Pugh(Lady Katherine), Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Production Company Roadside Attractions
World Sales Protagonist Pictures, London
Festival/Awards Toronto, 2016; Sundance,2017

This is a striking adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's famous play Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, relocated to Victorian England. Trapped in a marriage to a much older man and marooned on an estate amidst the bleak northern heaths, Lady Katherine paces her constrictive world like a wild animal looking for escape. She soon finds an outlet for her stifled desires in an affair with a young groom - but the couple's passion could prove to be their undoing.

Director:
William Oldroyd
William Oldroyd, born in 1979 has previously spent years as a theatre director who first gained worldwide recognition as his 2013 short Best, a five-minute two-hander won the Sundance London Short Film Competition. This is his first full length feature film, adapting Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novella "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"