Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth is set for another adaptation for the big screen as Yorkshire’s GSP Studios commenced principal photography at their studio facility in Bubwith this week, for the next six weeks.
Macbeth is the sole directorial debut for Kit Monkman, who co-directed The Knife That Killed Me released by Universal Pictures UK. Monkman, Producer Thomas Mattinson and Creative Director Tom Wexler adapted the play alongside Professor Judith Buchanan, one of the UK’s foremost experts on Shakespearean performance history and on Shakespeare film. Alan Latham, Managing Director of GSP Studios is also producing.
Shooting entirely against green screen, and to undergo an extensive visual effects process, the play will be brought to life in an innovative style as a visual hybrid of theatre and cinema. “We’re abandoning the representational truth in favor of a more abstract and theatrical language,” says Monkman. “But at the same time, we’re not trying to do a multi-camera piece of filming of theatre."
The titular role of the Scottish warrior will be performed by Mark Rowley of Curtis Brown (Luther, Young Dracula) with Akiya Henry, represented by United Agents (The Best Man, The Calcium Kid), is cast as Lady Macbeth. The film is being produced at the studio facilities at GSP Studios, a production and distribution company based in North Yorkshire. The post-production and visual effects will be carried out at the company’s offices based at Heslington Studios using the £30 million Theatre, Film and Television facility at the University of York.
One&Other Creative will be reporting each week from the set of the film about various aspects of production, so watch this space.