This is my entry to the Crossing Borders short film competition.
The challenge was to produce a short film inspired by a passage from Shakespeare.
We explored a passage from Act 1, Scene V of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. In the scene, Shakespeare brings attention to the dissonance between Lady Macbeth’s burning ambition and what is expected of her as a woman.
While the modern woman admittedly has far more freedom than Lady Macbeth and the contemporary Jacobean woman, the expectations of women to be no more than desirable objects, housewives and mothers still exists. Therefore, this scene and Lady Macbeth’s struggle still feels so painfully relevant. For this reason, we felt no need to alter Shakespeare’s language and simply brought the scene to a modern household.
Our Lady Macbeth is visibly drained by the monotony of a life full of boundaries: masked in make-up, surrounded by images of ‘the ideal’ (though impossible) woman in magazines, destined to an eternity of household chores. When she realises that her chance to escape the prison that is her sex is through a bloodied climb to the throne, she instantly knows her capability, regardless of what her gender might imply.
The film was shot on my Sony A7Sii and was directed by myself and the actor Emma Hodgkinson.