Something wicked this way comes… StudioCanal’s Macbeth gets UK cinematic release

After a suspenseful wait, the latest adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth arrives on screens across the UK today. The film stars Michael Fassbender as the titled protagonist and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth in this enthralling cinematic version of the world-renowned tragedy.

All hail Scotland!

Utilising the wealth of UK sites, cast and crew, this adaptation features some of the most stunning locations UK has to offer. In keeping with the theatrical Scottish setting of the play the film was partially shot in Sligachan on the Isle of Skye, the beautiful island just off Scotland’s west coast providing an impressively eerie vista for Shakespeare’s drama.

Discussing the film and Creative Scotland’s input, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “I’m delighted Shakespeare’s iconic story of Macbeth has been transformed for modern audiences on screen. The production showcases the stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye. I’m confident Macbeth will draw new and returning visitors to Scotland from around the globe”, adding “I’d like to praise the work of Creative Scotland and VisitScotland in enticing this major production to film in Scotland. Film and TV producers spent a record £45.2 million shooting on location in Scotland in 2014, and Macbeth ably demonstrates why Scotland is so popular for film producers.”

Is this a castle I see before me?

In addition to the spectacular Isle of Skye, Macbeth also features Cambridgeshire’s Ely Cathedral and the picturesque Bamburgh castle in Northumberland, which stand in for some of the impressive castles in the play. The wild North East coastline was also used as a theatrical exterior filming location.

The British Film Commission worked closely alongside Creative England in orchestrating filming for the feature, securing Hankley Common, an operational Ministry of Defence site in Surrey, as a primary location. The site provided a rugged heath land terrain that was a perfect backdrop for the Scottish village featured in the film. For more information, please visit Creative England’s website.

Double, double, trailer and trouble…

Macbeth can be seen in UK cinemas today, and will be out on general release in the US on December 4th 2015.