The film is set in 11th Century Scotland as Shakespeare intended, but casts Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as a pair of eager twenty-somethings thirsty for fame and fortune. Marek Oravec and Hannah Taylor Gordon make for a beautiful and intense on-screen couple and an international cast brings fresh life to the myriad of supporting roles; including a stand-out performance from Viennese children’s TV presenter Richard Panzenboeck as the chilling assassin Seyton and a cameo from 70′s film heart-throb Oliver Tobias as a hilariously unhinged and philandering Porter.
We always planned for the film to be a fresh take: “It’s a roller coaster 90 minutes and it’s nothing like what many people expect from period Shakespeare.”
The play might be 400 years old but the story resonates perfectly with today’s fame-driven world. The Macbeths are the celebrities of their age; filthy rich, successful and beautiful, but they are seduced into believing that they deserve even more and they jump at the chance to take it. With no regard for the consequences, their reckless impatience leads them to a spiral of violence ending in madness and death, and a final self-realisation.
Marek Oravec, Golden Globe® nominee Hannah Taylor Gordon, Hal Fowler and Oliver Tobias feature in this bold new film adaptation of The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s most notorious and bloody play.
The film was directed by actor-director Daniel Coll from a finely tuned screenplay adaptation by Stephen Coles and made high in the Austrian Alps back at the end of 2009. It was released on DVD in March this year and will be available to download later in the year.