A Unique Reimagining Of MACBETH Available On Digital Download This April Marking The Anniversary Of Shakespeare’s Birth + Death
''An edgy, innovative adaptation” The Guardian
‘“A beautiful moving work of art... a deeply compelling intervention in the screen history of Shakespeare” British Shakespeare Association
"Brilliant and exhilarating... It’s the most innovative rethinking of what it means to put Shakespeare on film for decades” Professor Peter Holland, Chair of the International Shakespeare Association & Editor of Shakespeare Survey
Entirely shot on green screen, Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been reinvented by director Kit Monkman (The Knife That Killed Me) in an exciting new film adaptation. Starring Mark Rowley, (The Last Kingdom, Luther) the film will be available on digital download from 23rd April. The release date marks the anniversary of both the day Shakespeare was born and died.
Monkman’s unique adaptation successfully bridges the gap between theatre and film to create a wholly new type of imaginative space. This radical new adaptation puts the audience’s engagement with the story centre-stage, amplifying the theatrical context of the original and creating truly innovative and thrilling cinematic vistas, whilst maintaining the language and themes of Shakespeare’s original play.
Professor Peter Holland, Chair of the International Shakespeare Association, says the adaptation is, “Brilliant and exhilarating. Kit Monkman’s Macbeth (is) the most innovative rethinking of what it means to put Shakespeare on film for decades . . . a forceful reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy.” Accurate yet accessible, this interpretation is for all audiences; from a fresh retelling for avid Shakespeare fans, to a learning tool for any students studying Macbeth.
Using background matte painting and computer modelling to generate the world in which the action plays out, the green screen allows Monkman to create his vision of a multi-tiered globe in which the characters play out their various fates. Imagine a mini Death Star a la Star Wars across the levels of which the camera drifts and zooms in on various action and key characters. The fluidity of the cameras’ movement around this globe aims to give the audience a constant perspective of the action as opposed to individual, isolated scenes.
Monkman says “Macbeth is a play that’s fascinated by interiority and imagination and Shakespeare’s storytelling is far from naturalistic so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore a more abstract theatrical approach to the screen.”
Keep up-to-date with Macbeth on the Official Website and Twitter: @macbeth_thefilm
Macbeth will be available to stream via iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store, and Vubiquity.
Kit Monkman Bio
Kit is a leading and prolific innovator across stage, film and public environments. He is the founder of KMA, a position from which he has developed high-end aesthetics for music videos and show design, with clients including Prince, Paolo Nutini and London Grammar.
Goldfinch Studios is the new brand under which GSP Studios and Goldfinch Entertainment Limited, amongst others, are working in collaboration. Following several years of hyper-growth in both businesses coupled with the development of an increasingly close working relationship, Goldfinch Studios was launched in 2017. The Goldfinch Studios brand will provide a vertically integrated business model with expertise across finance, production, facilities, post and VFX. Goldfinch Studios’ upcoming slate builds upon GSP Studios’ reputation which according to the BFI, is the most prolific production company in the UK having produced 13 films with a combined budget of £39m between 2014- 2016, with titles including Solis (Steven Ogg), Mad to Be Normal (David Tennant) and That Good Night (Sir John Hurt).