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Lady Macbeth

Period Drama
Lady Macbeth is a thrilling 19th Century tragedy. Trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience, a young woman fights to protect a fierce and irrepressible new passion.




The unsettling tale of a young woman’s relentless struggle for control and happiness within the constraints of a watchful society. Rooted in the wilds of Northumberland, Katherine finds herself childless and friendless, stifled by her marriage of convenience to a rich industrialist twice her age. She yawns about the empty house, missing the barefoot freedom of her childhood and finds nothing to love or occupy her for even the briefest moment. Sebastian, a worker on her husband’s estate seduces her, not realising that her passions, once awoken, will attach to him so fiercely that she will stop at nothing to keep hold of him.

Follow the progress of the team and project on Twitter #LadyMacbethFilm and @ladymacbethfilm 

LADY MACBETH shot on location in Durham. A talented cast has been assembled with Florence Pugh (nominated for Best British Newcomer at 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).

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  • LADY MACBETH had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016, screening in the Platform competition.
  • It had its European premiere at San Sabastian Film Festival in September 2016, screening in the official selection competition. It picked up the Fipresci Film Critics Award at the festival.
  • UK premiere at the London Film Festival in October 2016, screening in the 1st feature competition.
  • 15 BIFA 2017 nominations
  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - DFCC Best Actress
  • Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress
  • Dublin International Film Festival - Best Actress
  • Golden Trailer Awards - Best Foreign Teaser
  • Montclair Film Festival (MFF) - Narrative Feature Competition, Special Jury Prize
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - Directors to Watch
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize


  • BAFTA nominated for Oustanding British Film and Outstanding Debut.
  • Florence Pugh nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award.
  • BIFA Best Screenplay
  • BIFA Best Actress
  • BIFA Most Promising Newcomer
  • BIFA Best Cinematography
  • BIFA Best Costume Design
  • European Film Awards  - The European Discovery Award

Amongst other nominations and awards.


William Oldroyd - Director

Prior to making his first film, William has had a successful career as a theatre director. As Assistant Director to Deborah Warner, he worked at the Barbican Theatre, Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris and the Teatro Espanol in Madrid; and at the RSC, where he directed TWO NOBLE KINSMEN for the Complete Works Festival. In 2008, he was invited to become Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, where he directed an acclaimed production of Ibsen’s GHOSTS in a new version by Frank McGuinness. In the same year, he directed a large-scale production of Kean by Sartre at the Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo, and DON PASQUALE by Donizetti at Sadler’s Wells, for the English Touring Opera. His first short film, CHRIST'S DOG (2011), adapted by dramatist and poet Howard Barker from his own play, was nominated for Best Short Film at the Hamburg International Independent Film Festival, and was the first of Barker’s works to have been translated to the screen. Last year, Oldroyd’s second short film, BEST, won the Sundance London Short Film Competition and was subsequently invited to the Sundance Festival 2014 in Park City, Utah. He has just finished work on another Barker-scripted short, IN MID WICKEDNESS, which was filmed last year in Georgia.

For more information, visit William's website.

Alice Birch - Writer

Alice is the winner of the 2014 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. She also won the Arts Foundation Award for Playwriting 2014 and was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013 and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2012. Her plays include: REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN (RSC/Royal Court Theatre/Latitude, published by Oberon); LITTLE LIGHT (Orange Tree Theatre); LITTLE ON THE INSIDE (Almeida/Clean Break); SO MUCH ONCE (24 Hour Celebrity Gala, Old Vic); OPEN COURT SOAP OPERA (Royal Court); SALT (Comedie de Valence); FLYING THE NEST (BBC Radio 4); and MANY MOONS (Theatre 503, published by Oberon). She is currently under commission to Clean Break, Pentabus and the Young Vic.

Fodhla Cronin O' Reilly - Producer

Fodhla is the co-founder of Sixty Six Pictures. She was nominated for an Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards (2013) and won the Cartoon d’Or (2013) for her short animated film HEAD OVER HEELS. While developing feature films through Sixty Six, she also produces commercials and online branded content for clients such as Google, Stella Artois and SK-II. Fodhla holds a Masters in Producing from the National Film & Television School in the United Kingdom.

You can also follow Fodhla on twitter @fodhlacor.


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