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Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine
Genre: Drama
Duration: 113 mins

Over the years, Shakespeare’s Macbeth has attracted some of cinema’s heaviest hitters: Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa (whose Throne Of Blood transposes the play to feudal Japan). It has now also attracted Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel. This new adaptation stars Michael Fassbender as the title character, with Marion Cotillard as his wife. The film begins and ends on the battlefield, as if that were Macbeth’s natural hunting ground and Shakespeare’s verse is muttered, spat, and moaned without a gleam of rhetorical flourish. Nothing, in short, speaks of grandeur in this depleted land and there’s something crazed and almost ridiculous about fighting and killing for the chance to govern it. In Kurzel’s thrillingly elemental new adaptation, death is a most literal burden to bear.

Screening Date: 11-Sep-16

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