Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank & Bill Fellows
Director: William Oldroyd
Running Time: 89 minutes
Certificate: 15 - contains very strong language, strong sex and violence
"A lusty, jaw-droppingly amoral bodice-ripper, Lady Macbeth is a British chamber thriller with a mesmerising, star-making turn on one side of the camera, and one hell of a directing debut on the other. Leaving you chilled to the marrow, this is not a character you’ll forget in a hurry"
- Tim Robey, The Telegraph
"A brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic, Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in this daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows. She gets so much delicious sly contempt into the word “sir”, which is addressed to her hatchet-faced menfolk"
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Alice Birch’s clever, minimalist script relocates the bloody deeds of the original novella - once the source of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1934 opera - to wooded 19th-century Northumberland. Pugh is stunning in what is as fine a costume drama as we’ll see all year, one that tackles class and race and gender"
- Tara Brady, The Times
"Invoking the spirit of Madame Bovary, Thérèse Desqueyroux and Lady Chatterley, Lady Macbeth is an intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir that revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality"
- David Parkinson, Empire
"What this remarkable British film says about power, which is a lot, it says with barbed subtlety. Oldroyd is expert in choosing what we see and what we don’t and the result is a deeply modern thriller borne from the 19th century, one whose traces of Hitchcock, Hardy and Haneke never obscure its huge originality"
- Danny Leigh, Financial Times
"This brilliantly feminist British indie film is like a Jane Austen story with a dash of sex and murder. Newcomer Florence Pugh is like a lightning bolt. What an extraordinary film"
- Cath Clarke, Time Out
"The riveting debut Lady Macbeth plays like a cross between Wuthering Heights and The Postman Always Rings Twice. With abrasiveness, attitude and originality in abundance, it is one of the most original and assured British debut features of recent times"
- Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent
"Florence Pugh’s portrayal of a 19th century damsel sold into marriage is a tour de force. A pared-down drama that packs a real punch, Oldroyd’s film has a cogency and a fearlessness that automatically set it apart from most costume dramas"
- Neil Smith, Total Film
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Directed by acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd and starring Florence Pugh and Cosmo Jarvis, the film is based on Nikolai Leskov’s nineteenth century novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.