generation, Peter Moffat, to discuss his mesmerizing, gripping version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Throughout the film it manages to hold on to many important foundations of the text and also captivates an audience from young to old; thanks to his modernised and current adaption. Peter welcome to our show. It’s an honour.
So what made you decide the setting of the story should be in a high-end restaurant?
Yes! My team and I sat down thinking, how can we make this adaptation different from others? How can we add a contemporary spark into this gory story? And then we thought, “O yes a restaurant will be good” then we went from there. This is the era of TV chefs where all your family follow recipes from the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal. It is something easy to understand and show the story’s themes of blood which symbolizes the guilt like a stain on the Macbeth’s conscience. We thought there’s no other environment that can translate Macbeth in a modern way better than a restaurant kitchen as Shakespeare’s Macbeth was a soldier who slaughtered others at war, so we made a modernised scene of the chef, Macbeth chopping up a pigs head, showing the similarities.
Peter, the audience and I realises you tried to answer one of the greatest Shakespearean mysteries, did the Macbeths ever have a child?
Yes, I think the audience pick upon this whilst watching the film. I wanted to show both ends of the spectrum of Ella, her unruly manipulative self and her weakness which was the death of her child .This created her downfall-I wanted to bring an emotional ,sensitive tone into the dark sinister world and wanted to display an alternative explanation as to how Macbeth’s relationship fell apart. I feel these were powerful scenes as in Elizabethan era, miscarriages weren’t talked about whereas today it can help many people go through this tragedy and so the film can with a modern audience.
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