Lady Macbeth, the first period film to be made through our iFeatures programme, hits cinemas this week following a successful festival run.
Director and CE50 member William Oldroyd has been touring the country with the star of the film, Florence Pugh, taking part in Q&As and screenings ahead of Lady Macbeth's launch, and offering advice to other filmmakers who are starting out.
At the Lady Macbeth screening and Q&A at fellow CE50 member HOME, William Oldroyd recalled a useful piece of advice from an editor – ‘how would you shoot the scene in one shot?’ this lead to a real consideration of camera placement, and helped support the continuous shot style favoured by Oldroyd, as well as fitting in with timing and budget constraints for his first feature.
Lady Macbeth has been met with glowing reviews ahead of its release on the 28th April.
‘Lady Macbeth is one of the most original and assured British debut features of recent times. At a time when far too many cosy and derivative costume dramas are being made, it has abrasiveness, attitude and originality in abundance.’ The Independent
‘Like Amma Asante’s ‘Belle’ and Tom Hardy’s ‘Taboo’, ‘Lady Macbeth’ is part of a new generation of British film and TV showing us that Britain’s diversity didn’t begin with the Windrush. The stable boy and Katherine’s maid are both mixed race – which adds another layer of complexity and shows up toxic class divisions. What an extraordinary film.’ – Time Out
‘This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality.’ – Empire Online
Lady Macbeth was funded through Creative England’s iFeatures programme, and is released in UK cinemas on the 28th April. Showing across the country, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle - find a screening near you here.
- Lady Macbeth