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'Lady Macbeth' Shooting Now in Durham

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Creative England today announced that principal photography has started on Lady Macbeth – the first film to go into production through last year’s iFeatures initiative.

From acclaimed theatre and award-winning shorts director William Oldroyd, (winner of Sundance London’s Short Film Competition for Best), Lady Macbeth is a 19th Century period drama telling a tale of forbidden passion and murder. Lady Macbeth is notably the first of its genre to be selected as an iFeatures finalist.

Christopher Granier-Deferre, Executive Producer, iFeatures, Creative England said:

“Kicking this slate off with a period piece demonstrates how exciting and ambitious this initiative has become. It’s an incredible team - I can’t wait to see the results of their hard work”.

The script is written by up-and-coming playwright Alice Birch (winner of the 2014 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright) and a talented cast has been assembled with Florence Pugh (nominated for Best British Newcomer at last year’s London Film Festival for her role in The Falling and named Rising Star for 2015 by The Observer) playing thefemale lead, Katherine.

Singer-songwriter Cosmo Jarvis plays Katherine’s paramour, Sebastian. Jarvis’ promising acting career has already seen him earn plaudits, with a nod for Screen’s Star of Tomorrow in 2013 and recent roles including Spooks: The Greater Good. In the role of Anna, and making her feature film debut, is Naomi Ackie, whose theatre credits include Billy The Girl. Paul Hilton (Wuthering Heights) takes on Alexander, Katherine’s husband.

Lady Macbeth is the first feature produced by Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Sixty Six Pictures, National Film and Television School graduate) whose outstanding short Head Over Heels earned an Oscar® nomination. Costume design is by Holly Waddington (The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Lincoln, War Horse); and cinematography by acclaimed DOP Ari Wegner, who won the Special Jury Prize at Venice in 2013 for Ruin. Production design is helmed by BAFTA Award-winning Jacqueline Abrahams (The Lobster).

Associate Producer duties are taken on by Pete Smyth, with Executive Producers Lizzie Francke for BFI, Steve Jenkins at BBC Films, and Christopher Moll and Christopher Granier-Deferre at Creative England.

Lady Macbeth centres on Katherine, a young woman brought up in the wilds of Northumberland, who finds herself childless and friendless, stifled by her marriage of convenience to a rich local industrialist twice her age. Tired of the vast house she shares with her detached husband and father-in-law, Katherine’s interests become piqued by Sebastian, a worker on her husband’s estate. Sebastian unlocks a fearsome passion in Katherine. As their illicit affair begins to sour, Katherine’s primal nature emerges with such force that Sebastian’s elation is soon tempered, realising that she will stop at nothing to keep hold of him.

Filmed on location in County Durham, the four-week shoot will wrap on 17th October, with release slated for 2016. Other films greenlit for production in the third iteration of the programme, are The Levelling and Apostasy. The entire slate aims to be carbon neutral and secure the BFI ‘three ticks’, which represents a commitment to supporting diversity across the film industry.




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