Release-date screening of ‘Macbeth’ at Skye cinema

The  eagerly-awaited film adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is to get a release-date screening at a Skye cinema near to where some of the movie scenes were shot.

Sean Duffy, who plays Macduff in the new production, pictured during filming on Skye last February. Local extras take a break in the background during the shoot at the Quiraing. Photo: Willie Urquhart

Sean Harris, who plays Macduff in the new production of ‘Macbeth’, pictured during filming on Skye last February. Local extras take a break in the background during the shoot at the Quiraing.   Photo: Willie Urquhart

Distributors Studiocanal had initially indicated that ‘Macbeth’ would only be shown in 250 larger cinemas throughout the UK when it comes out next month.
But following requests from Skye arts centre and cinema Aros in Portree, as well as support from VisitScotland and the public on social media, the distributors have performed a U-turn. Aros will now screen the film on the day of its nationwide release, Friday 2nd October.

Aros director Donald Macdonald said he was delighted at the film giant’s change of heart.

“We had made the request as the film has generated a lot of interest from the local public,” he added. “In the last few days the idea has gathered quite a bit of momentum, and we’re delighted that Studiocanal are going to allow us to screen the film. We’ll be planning some special events around the first screening.”

 

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Michael Fassbender, who stars as ‘Macbeth’, is pictured far right during filming on Skye   Photo: Willie Urquhart

Scenes for the film, which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, were shot near the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing, with dozens of locals involved as crew and as film extras.