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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.22.15] United Kingdom drama history

Roman Polanski's Macbeth is generally considered one, if not the best, onscreen adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play and though some may argue that we don't need another version, it's been a very long time since we've seen a fresh take on the material and even longer since this much talent has been attached.

Australian director Justin Kurzel erupted on the scene a few years ago with the The Snowtown Murders (trailer), a beautiful and bleak crime thriller based on real events which unfolded in Snowtown. It's no surprise Kurzel was instantly lumped in with David Michôd as up-and-coming Australian talent but he's been a little slower on the follow-up though now that it's here, it's certainly looking like it won't disappoint.

Kurzel's Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender as the titular king, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth along with the great Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine and David Hayman in supporting roles.

The movie is currently in competition at Cannes with release in the US to come later this year via The Weinstein Company but until we get a full trailer, UK production company Studiocanal have released two short clips which show a highly stylized approach to the material – including what looks like the makings of a spectacular battle sequence.

Recommended Release: The Snowtown Murders

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