Lady Macbeth, 2016

Still from Lady Macbeth, 2016. Directed by William Oldroyd.

Florence Pugh gives an electrifying performance in William Oldroyd’s adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (inspired of course by Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Oldroyd transports his characters from Russia to the north east of England in the 19th century; the result is a sexy, subversive period drama that tackles issues of race, class and privilege head-on.

“An impressively stark, narratively ruthless Victorian chamber piece that feels about as modern as its crinolines will permit, William Oldroyd’s pristine debut feature slowly reveals a violent moral ambiguity that needles the mind far longer than its polite period-piece trappings suggest”– Guy Lodge, Variety

Screening as part of British Landscape on Film, a curated season of films inspired by Towner’s exhibition A Green and Pleasant Land.

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