EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first look at Lady Macbeth, the debut feature film from UK theatre director William Oldroyd that is premiering in competition in the Platforms section of the Toronto Film Festival. The pic penned by playwright Alice Birch relocates Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk to 19th century England, where The Falling‘s Florence Pugh pulls the strings in the drama of oppression, adultery and murder involving her loveless marriage to an older industrialist and the farmhand with whom she begins an affair.
Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie and Christopher Fairbank also star in the pic produced and financed by Creative England, BBC Films, Oldgarth Media and BFI via iFeatures. Sixty Six Pictures’ Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, nominated in 2013 for the Oscar short Head Over Heels, makes her debut as a feature producer.
The film premieres Friday afternoon at TIFF’s Winter Garden Theatre. It’s off to the San Sebastian Film Festival and the London Film Festival later in the fall. Protagonist Pictures is handling world rights.
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