David Wilson conjures up a visceral version of Lady Macbeth for Shakespeare Lives

Wilson’s film incorporates striking animation from Ian Miller to take Lady Macbeth on a wild, supernatural ride.

The film depicts actor Vicky McClure (This Is England, Line of Duty) reciting Act 1, Scene V from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Things start straight-forwardly enough, with McClure found in a suburban setting, drawing on a cigarette. But they quickly move towards horror, with zooming camera shots and then Milner’s soaring animation.

Lady Macbeth, like the audience, is left in a staring panic by the end.

Still from Lady Macbeth film by David Wilson
Still from Lady Macbeth film by David Wilson
Still from Lady Macbeth film by David Wilson

Wilson’s film, produced by Colonel Blimp, is one of a series commissioned by the British Council for the Shakespeare Lives programme, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death. More info is at shakespearelives.org.

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