Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Director's Biography

William studied directing at RADA before becoming Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, where he directed Ghosts by Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness.
Subsequently he directed a large-scale production of Sartre’s Kean in Tokyo, Waiting For Godot in Munich and Two Noble Kinsmen at the RSC for the Complete Works Festival. His opera productions include Don Pasquale at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and La Serva Padrona in Portugal.
William’s first short film, Christ's Dog was written by Howard Barker and nominated for Best Short Film at the Hamburg International Independent Film Festival. His second short film, Best, written by Adam Brace, won the Sundance London Short Film competition and subsequently screened at Sundance, Park City.
Lady Macbeth is his first feature film.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: William Oldroyd

Written by: Alice Birch

Produced by: Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly

Cinematography: Ari Wegner

Editing: Nick Emerson

Production Design: Jacqueline Abrahams

Costume Design: Holly Waddington

Make-Up & Hair: Sian Wilson

Sound Design: Ben Baird, Dan Jones

Cast: Florence Pugh (Katherine), Cosmo Jarvis (Sebastian), Paul Hilton (Alexander), Naomi Ackie (Anna), Christopher Fairbank (Boris)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2017
  • European Actress 2017
  • Feature Film Selection 2017