Directed by William Oldroyd | UK | In English| 89 mins | MA15+
The arranged marriage between beautiful Katherine and wealthy landowner Alexander is the beginning of a gripping and violent psychodrama that's far from a traditional bodice-ripper.
Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth doesn't appear in William Oldroyd's mightily impressive feature debut but her manipulative spirit inhabits every frame. Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novella has been vividly transported to Northumberland, where teenager Katherine (Florence Pugh, in a star-making performance) has been sold into marriage with Alexander (Paul Hilton), a wealthy and disinterested middle-aged man. It's not long before handsome and cocky groomsman James (Cosmo Jarvis) catches Katherine's eye. Oldroyd's intense direction and Alice Birch's razor-sharp script take Lady Macbeth way beyond the confines of a traditional Victorian bodice-ripper. Katherine's burning desire for sexual freedom evolves into gripping and violent psychodrama in which the roles of victim and oppressor become memorably blurred.
"Lady Macbeth has a deliciously amoral darkness and a crisp visual look. Oldroyd and his Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner shoot their handsome interiors with a pleasingly formal symmetry and their wintry landscapes with a mist-shrouded, painterly romanticism." – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights and you'll get an idea of William Oldroyd's tense period drama." – INDIEWIRE
Tickets are available from the Travelling Film Festival website until Thursday 23 November at 5pm. After this time, all tickets must be purchased in person at the venue. Screens with: RED