Curator’s Pick: Shakespeare on Screen ‘Macbeth’


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The film is an illustration of the power Shakespeare still wields in cinema, even when the action is not modernised to the present day.

Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel brings the intensity of his directorial debut Snowtown to 11th Century Scotland in this unrelenting adaptation of Macbeth.

As Macbeth attempts to fulfil the prophecy delivered to him by a trio of witches, both he and his wife slip further into guilt-induced madness. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard deliver commanding leading performances, capturing the tragedy and wrath at the heart of the roles.

Macbeth screens 6pm Friday 29 April as part of our free film program ‘Shakespeare on Screen‘.

Macbeth 2015 MA15+
DCP, Colour, Dolby Digital
113 Minutes
UK/France/USA, English
Director: Justin Kurzel
Script: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Todd Louiso
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw
Editor: Chris Dickens
Production Co: See-Saw Films, Anton Capital Entertainment, Creative Scotland, Dmc Film, Film4
Print Source/Rights: Transmission Films
Screening Format: Digital Cinema Package (DCP)

Shakespeare on Screen | Free film program
Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art
22 April – 25 May 2016

Australian Cinémathèque
GOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image and offers a rare opportunity to see films presented on the big screen as they were intended, and features many 35mm prints sourced from film archives around the world and screened in one of Australia’s last 35mm film venues.

Theo Angelopoulos | Free film program
15 April to 22 May 2016
Arabian Nights | Free film program
25 – 26 June 2016
Snow White | Ticketed
11 and 18 September 2016

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