Lady Macbeth

August 16th, 2017 by PRatt
September 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

(UK, 2017) Directed by William Oldroyd. Screenplay by Alice Birch, adapted from the novella by Nikolai Leskov.
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy and by Nikolai Leskov’s subversive 1839 novella (Lady Macbeth in Siberia), the new film by William Oldroyd mixes race and class into one woman’s journey towards liberation at any cost. Katherine (an amazing Florence Pugh!) is married off by her father, to the impotent son of a wealthy miner in the moors of 19th century England. Ignored and belittled, she takes up with a black estate worker (singer Cosmo Jarvis), first for pleasure, and then as partners in revolt. The diverse casting, rarely seen in British estate costume dramas, is not only opening the door for more actors, but is more historically accurate than all-white productions would have us believe. 89 min
“Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in William Oldroyd’s daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows.” ✰✰✰✰✰ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

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