Jamie Neish: Macbeth is ‘stunning piece of cinema’

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth
Michael Fassbender as Macbeth
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THE Scottish play received the full Scottish treatment on Sunday as a new film version of Macbeth premiered at the city’s Festival Theatre.

The director Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, David Hayman and Jack Reynor were in attendance as more than 2000 ticket holders came together for the event.

A red carpet lined Nicolson Street and a mixture of photographers, fans and press waited in eager anticipation to cast eyes on the attendees.

Macbeth, which premiered to ecstatic reviews at Cannes earlier this year, is released on Friday and offers a new take on William Shakespeare’s famous play.

Visually striking, this adaptation - filmed on and around the beautiful, barren landscape of Skye - oozed with aesthetic ticks, slow motion and a moody, compli-mentary score.

The oft told tale played out as Macbeth (Fassbender) is talked into killing King Duncan by his power hungry wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard).

Afterwards, Macbeth is crowned king, only for his life and mind to become undone by guilt and worries that the witches’ prophecy may come true.

The film itself is a stunning piece of cinema. Fassbender makes a perfect Macbeth and Cotillard shone as his wife.

Strong performances were also delivered by Considine and Thewlis.

Once the film had finished, the theatre emptied and the crowd drifted around to the National Museum of Scotland for the aftershow party, the interior of the museum decked out to fit the film’s theme - there was even a medieval band providing the music.

This new version of Macbeth won’t appeal to everyone but how wonderful it was to see such a Scottish film premiere in the heart of Scotland.