In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, both the staging and the interpretation of this classic play are radically reinvigorated for a contemporary audience. In a godless world of moral relativism, we follow Macbeth’s inner journey from his position as an assured warrior hero, to his nadir as a bereft, lonely, insecure and guilt-ridden king. Driven by his ambition, which he attempts to justify by a desperate appeal to supernatural signs and influences, Macbeth finally recognises his personal culpability, casts aside his self-excusing acts of self-deception, and dies bravely and defiantly, bleakly aware of the fragility of his own humanity.
Shakespeare's genius encompasses a deft and fluid ability to weave complex poetic threads that bind together the outer material story, and the inner psychological narrative.
We have created sequences of cinematic poetry to work in sympathetic engagement with the actual poetry at such moments – not just summoning the Shakespearean imagery in newly visualised form but allowing the stream of Shakespearean imagery to suggest other directions of travel for the film’s account of Macbeth’s inner world. Our film language is as dexterous, fluid and imaginative as the spoken language is at such moments.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 118 minutes
- Kit Monkman
- Thomas Mattinson, Alan Latham
- Judith Buchanan
- Thomas Mattinson, Kit Monkman
- Kit Monkman (screenplay), Thomas Mattinson (screenplay), Tom Wexler (screenplay), Judith Buchanan (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
- Gregory Spears
- Principal Cast
- Mark Rowley, Akiya Henry, Al Weaver
- Creative Director
- Tom Wexler