Thursday 26 April 2018
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Interview: ‘Lady Macbeth’ Director William Oldroyd

William Oldroyd’s stunning adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s novel, with its unique ties to Shakespeare’s tragedy offers a radically new view of a time and place usually idealised in film, wealthy rural Britain in the middle 1800’s. Gone are the demure, delicate flowers of the novels replaced by a rapacious young woman named Catherine (Florence Pugh) who experiences a different kind of blossoming. Sold by her father along with a parcel of land to a cruel man and his son, she is emotionally, sexually and physically abused, held captive in their grand home. She remains quiet until she forces a sexual encounter with a Spanish labourer that brings her repressed fire to the surface. All hell breaks loose. Oldroyd, a theatre and opera director makes an auspicious debut feature, breaking all the rules to make the story as realistic and naturalistic. We spoke with Oldroyd in Toronto.

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