A major film production, creating the first 100% green- screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play, has been made at a studio in Bubwith.
The ground-breaking Macbeth movie, which was produced at GSP Studios, will go on general release next Tuesday (13 March) following its premiere at Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Place, London, this Tues- day.
Local showings include York (Vue and CityScreen), Leeds Vue and Harrogate Everyman.
Macbeth was shot entirely on green-screen at the studios in Bubwith and took seven weeks to complete.
The process cost around £5.5million to make and all the scenes were created in the studio rather than on location.
The film’s young and diverse cast includes Mark Rowley (Last Kingdom), Akiya Henry, Wil Johnson, Wunmi Mosaku, Charles Mnene and Al Weaver (The Hollow Crown, Grantchester).
Kit Monkman, director of the film, said: “We wanted to shoot it entirely in the studio to try to create a new hybrid that felt like a thrilling mixture of theatre and cinema.
“The adaptation puts the audience’s engagement with the story centre-stage, amplifying the theatrical context of the original whilst creating truly innovative and thrilling cinematic vistas.
“I want to make films that reignite the imaginative participation of the audience; films that celebrate theatricality and thrive on the viewers’ co-creation of what unfolds.
“I believe there’s an opportunity to present a new type of experience on film, one that reconnects with the origins of our storytelling arts and treats the audience as active participants in the endeavour.”
After preview screenings the film has been widely praised and described as “The most innovative rethinking of what it means to put Shakespeare on film for decades”.
Over the past two years, GSP Studios has become one of the most prolific production companies in the UK, having developed, financed and produced 10 independent feature films.
To see the Macbeth trailer go to www.macbeththefilm.co.uk and visit www.macbethtickets.co.uk to buy tickets.