Protagonist Pictures has closed a bevy of sales on William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” which was hailed as one of Toronto’s hottest titles and has been warmly received at the San Sebastian festival.
Following Roadside Attractions’s acquisition for North America and Betta Pictures’ pickup for Spain, “Lady Macbeth” was sold to the U.K. (Altitude Film); France (KMBO); Australia/New Zealand (Sharmill Films); Latin America (California Filmes); Benelux (Cherry Pickers Filmdistributie BV); Greece (Strada Films); Scandinavia, Iceland and Baltics (Non Stop Entertainment); Middle East (Front Row Filmed Entertainment); Portugal (Alambique); and airlines (Jaguar Distribution Corp).
Written by award-winning playwright Alice Birch, Oldroyd’s feature debut is a 19th-century drama starring Florence Pugh (“The Falling”) as Catherine, a woman who is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age and who embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate.
“We knew that the film would cause a stir but were overwhelmed by how warmly audiences and distributors responded to this particular anti-heroine and her mischievous ways,” said Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures.
Cosmo Jarvis (“Spooks: The Greater Good”), Paul Hilton (“Wuthering Heights”), Naomi Ackie (“I Used to Be Famous”) and Christopher Fairbank (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”) also star.
The movie was produced by Sixty Six Pictures and iFeatures production, and was backed by Creative England, BBC Films and BFI presentation, in association with Oldgarth Media.
Sales were made by the Protagonist sales team, which comprises Vanessa Saal, Jennifer Fattell, George Hamilton and Marta Ravani Lorber.