Lady Macbeth – Movie Coming To Walton & Weybridge Film Society
Wednesday February 27th 2019: 8pm
Director: William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 minutes, English language, colour. Leading players: Florence Pugh, (Katherine Lester), Cosmo Jarvis (Sebastian), Naomi Ackie (Anna), Paul Hilton (Alexander Lester).
An arranged marriage brings Katharine to a remote estate in rural England, where she is subject to restrictions imposed on her by her husband Alexander and Boris, his domineering father.
Flouting convention, she begins a liaison with a handsome farm worker on the estate, with dramatic and violent consequences.
This well-received British film gained many nominations and awards, particularly for the leading actress Florence Pugh.
Alice Birch has adapted for this film Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. The violence inherent in this tale disgusted Stalin when Shostakovich used it in 1934 for his opera of the same name, and caused Shostakovich’s fall from grace.
Transposed to rural England it is no less transgressive and the forceful character of Katherine, played by Florence Pugh, powers the action. Instructed to play the inactive and decorative wife by her husband and his bullying father Boris, she seizes every opportunity to roam across the moors of the estate when they are absent. Boredom is banished when she meets an estate worker, the young and passionate Sebastian, who is the opposite of her weak and withdrawn husband. Her maid is involved in their risky affair and a visiting priest who attempts to warn Katherine about her unconventional behaviour receives a magnificent put-down.
She determinedly pursues her own way, sweeping aside anyone who hinders her. Dressing in her dark blue dress and sitting on a bronze-coloured sofa is almost all her menfolk require of Katherine.That suited Oldroyd, for he was creating a costume drama on a shoestring. He shot the film in one northern house and over only a little more than three weeks, with the result that Florence Pugh develops into her character in the same way as Katherine grows in to her new life as a married woman.
The setting is austere and there is little music, so that the attention is always focused on the psychological drama.
About Our Film Society
Walton and Weybridge Film Society meet at roughly three-weekly intervals on Wednesday evenings, commencing at 8pm at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hurst Grove (off Hepworth Way), Walton-on-Thames to watch well regarded (mostly recent) films that have probably not been shown in our local cinemas. The programme for this season is listed in the application form (see below).
The venue is owned by Elmbridge Council and used mainly by amateur dramatic societies but it is also very suitable for film shows, with tiered seating and the usual amenities.
Refreshments are provided without charge in a side room after each show and film club members are invited to discuss their reactions to the movie with the Committee and other members.
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February Movie – Lady Macbeth
At The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
Walton On Thames
Event Times & Venue
Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019
Start Time: 8pm.
Address: The Performance Hall,
The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse,
Surrey KT12 1AT
Note: Hurst Grove is off Hepworth Way (A3050)
Parking: On-site parking is extremely limited and patrons are directed, unless mobility is very restricted (places available only on a first-come, first-served basis), to use the ample free facilities behind Little Waitrose, which is a short way further along Hepworth Way.
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