Apple TV+'s 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' closing 65th BFI London Film Festival

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What you need to know

  • Apple Original FIlms' The Tragedy of Macbeth will close out the 65th BFI London Film Festival.
  • Writer and director Joel Cohen is expected to put in an appearance.

Apple TV+ original 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' will close the 65th BFI London Film Festival, it has been confirmed. Writer and director Joel Cohen is expected to make an appearance.

Announced via press release, cinema-goers can also visit one of a handful of preview screenings that will be taking place across the UK.

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year's closing night gala will be The Tragedy of Macbeth, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen, and from Apple Original Films and A24. The film will receive its European premiere on Sunday 17 October at LFF Gala venue the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, with Joel Coen expected to attend.

"Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain," Coen said in a quote in the press release. "Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I'm honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere."

"We fell in love with Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish Play," says Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director. "Poised in a magical space between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Bruno Delbonnel's silvery monochrome photography captures the moody almost expressionist sets from designer Stefan Dechant and Carter Burwell has written a spell-casting score. And while the ensemble cast – including many UK talents – is thoroughly excellent, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmerise as the couple whose political ambition proved their fatal downfall. So many of us missed the big screen experience last year, and this a perfect celebration of this art form that's built on ancient traditions of storytelling but with truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awesome scale and spectacle. It's such a privilege to be closing the LFF with a film of this extraordinary calibre and welcoming Joel Coen and his collaborators to the festival."

Those keen to take in a preview screening will have to visit one of a limited number of cinemas including sites in London, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Nottingham. A full rundown of the cinemas is available online.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.