Arriving on a buzzy tide of festival praise and awards, William Oldroyd's directorial debut Lady Macbeth seems certain to draw more attention when it arrives on our screens.
Loosely based by scriptwriter Alice Birch on Nikolai Leskov's 19th century novella Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk District, the story focuses on Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young woman dealing with a tough life in rural England in 1865.
Essentially sold into loveless marriage to Alexander (Paul Hilton) – a bitter and paranoid man twice her age – she suffers through humiliation and discomfort from both her lacklustre hubby and cruel father-in-law Boris (Christopher Fairbank). Her one release is an passionate affair with groomsman James (Cosmo Jarvis), though its Katherine who is the driving force behind the illicit relationship.
Promising a great central performance by Pugh and an impressive leap from theatre to film work from Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth will be out on 28 April.