Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth may well be the first film I can recall that has its final shot in the actual trailer. Thankfully though, without the context, this does not detract from what is a stark, startling and surprisingly imposing period drama, which is entirely deserving of the almost universal praise it has garnered.

Directed by William Oldroyd and based on the Russian novel, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, screenwriter Alice Birch transposes the story from Siberia to the windswept moors of Victorian north-east England.

Here, Florence Pugh enters from stage left as Katherine, a young woman quite literally sold and then subsequently trapped into both a loveless marriage and the confines of a family house. Taking advantage of her husband, Alexander (Paul Hilton) and his father Boris (Christopher Fairbank) absence on business, Katherine begins to explore her new surroundings and meets an outspoken groomsman Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), embarking on a dangerously obsessive and rebellious affair. (more…)

McLaren

McLaren

Bruce McLaren

As a lifelong Formula One fan, I am a little ashamed to admit that it took Roger Donaldson’s intimate portrait of the life of Bruce McLaren to expose me to the origins of the name McLaren, one of the stalwarts of Formula One.

After 2005’s The World’s Fasted Indian, Donaldson continues his exploration of Kiwis with petrol in their blood and this time transports us back to a 1940s service station and workshop in Remuera, New Zealand. It is here where Bruce McLaren learned his trade and laid the foundations for what was to come. That is, an impressive, but tragically cut short racing career, which saw McLaren quickly rise up through the motor racing ranks, to become one of the most influential drivers, team owners and constructors in motor racing history. (more…)