Film set on Skye up for top award at Cannes

A film shot in Skye last year is up for the top award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Filming of the adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” took place in north Skye over several days last February.

As well as Michael Fassbender — who plays the “fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire” — the cast comprises Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, Sean Harris as Macduff, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine.

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Battle scenes shot in Trotternish featured a number of local “extras”

Macbeth — directed by Australian Justin Kurzel and financed by StudioCanal and Film4 — is included in shortlist for the Palme d’Or, the most coveted award at the annual Cannes festival, which starts this year on the 13th of May.

Much of the filming on Skye centred around the dramatic scenery of the Quiraing, near Staffin.

Extras were recruited locally and some were asked to grow their hair and develop beards.

The director is Australian Justin Kurzel and the film was financed by StudioCanal and Film4.