Damned spot | SHORT film
Desperate to regain control after a heartbreaking event Shakespeare’s most formidable couple becomes fixated on the future. Presented with a golden opportunity and driven by mind-altering grief, love and instinctive ambition they commit the worst act imaginable.
Due for release, in colour, this winter.
After being left powerless by a devastating event the Macbeths are desperate to feel in control again.
Shakespeare’s most formidable couple struggle with the psychological battle of heartbreak and grief. It changes how they relate to one another, how they approach situations and how they see the world around them.
Then an opportunity so full of potential to change their bleak circumstance, drops into their laps but it comes at a grave price. Driven by mind-altering grief, love and instinctive ambition they contemplate doing something so damning that it will alter the political landscape forever. With the subconscious need to fill the void of childlessness will the Macbeths be willing to risk everything in the pursuit of the Golden Round?
Using the original text this modern adaptation focuses on the often-overlooked influence behind the ambitions and subsequent actions of the Macbeths - the psychological impact of repetitive grief.
Not convinced by the traditional take on the ‘evil’ character of Lady Macbeth and her ‘easily manipulated’ husband, fascinated by their relationship dynamic, Lauren Midwinter has adapted two scenes of Macbeth. With a modern take on relationship roles, equality of power and decision-making, Damned spot casts a different light onto the common expectations of the play without changing any textual elements.
How it began
Damned spot was adapted for film in early 2013 but originally it was developed for theatre, 6 years ago.
Lauren Midwinter & Kimberley Wintle met whilst training at Drama Centre London, Central St Martins (Lauren as a director, Kimberley as an actor).
Kimberley performed in the original stage production for Lauren’s degree show of Macbeth. Constructing a theatre space in a small basement room in the depths of a Victorian factory the adaptation was tested in front of an audience. The reaction was a good one.
Over the next 5 years Kimberley and Lauren worked together on several short films, until an opportunity arose and the idea for adapting the theatre concept to film came about. Kimberley & Lauren formed the production company Two Wits and collaborated with Rachel Carter of Paperbird Productions to produce this film.
Royal Shakespeare Company actor Peter Hinton joined the film adaptation playing opposite Kimberley who reprises her role. Wanting to nod towards the theatrical roots of the film, it was shot in Stratford-upon-Avon with a regional crew, including Ben Cook & Johnny Rhodes as Directors of Photography. Post-production has been completed by a team of detail orientated creative’s who have delivered incredible work, crafting and polishing the footage captured by the team.