Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist Takes on Toronto Title 'Lady Macbeth'

Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist Takes on Toronto Title 'Lady Macbeth'

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Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to Lady Macbeth, the debut feature from theatre director William Oldroyd, which will receive its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) in the competitive Platform programme.

The film has also been selected to screen in competition at San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24).

An adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, the film stars British newcomer Florence Pugh (The Falling).

Pugh plays Katherine, a young woman stifled by her marriage of convenience to an industrialist twice her age. Bored, alone and unable to fulfill her duties as a wife, she longs to be free. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a farmhand on her husband's estate, her passion is awoken and she will stop at nothing to keep hold of him.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Cosmo Jarvis (Spooks: The Greater Good) plays opposite Pugh while supporting cast includes Paul Hilton (Wuthering Heights), newcomer Naomi Ackie and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy).

The script was written by rising playwright Alice Birch and is the first feature produced by Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly of Sixty Six Pictures. Cronin O'Reilly earned an Oscar nomination in 2013 for her short Head Over Heels.

Creative England, the BFI, BBC Films and Oldgarth Media financed Lady Macbeth through iFeatures, Creative England's talent development and low budget feature film initiative, designed to support emerging filmmakers make their first full feature film. …

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