Wuthering Heights

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“A beautiful rough beast of a movie, a costume drama like no other.” — Xan Brooks, The Guardian

Director: Andrea Arnold
Year: 2011
Country: UK
Running time: 128 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - violence, offensive language, sex scenes, content may disturb

Producers: Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Kevin Loader
Screenplay: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed. Based on the novel by Emily Brontë
Photography: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Nicolas Chaudeurge
Production designer: Helen Scott
Costume designer: Steven Noble

With: Kaya Scodelario (older Cathy), James Howson (older Heathcliff), Solomon Glave (young Heathcliff), Shannon Beer (young Cathy), Steve Evets (Joseph), Oliver Milburn (Mr Linton), Paul Hilton (Mr Earnshaw), Simone Jackson (Nelly), Lee Shaw (Hindley), Amy Wren (Frances), Nichola Burley (Isabella Linton)

Festivals: Venice, Toronto, London 2011; Sundance, Rotterdam, San Francisco 2012

Andrea Arnold’s (Red Road, NZIFF07) radical vision of Emily Brontë’s classic excavates the primal energies that made the original such an affront to polite society in 1847. Arnold refreshes the affront bluntly, picturing the doomed attraction of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the ‘gypsy-dark’ foundling adopted by her father, as a tale of unrelenting tribal intolerance. Arnold’s Heathcliff is black, an escaped slave. She films the young lovers as though spying on nature’s wild children, and maintains a similar disavowal of actorly performance as we watch them mature in the film’s second half. The baleful force of the spurned Heathcliff is expressed less by the actor than by the bleak wilderness of the Yorkshire moors, brilliantly photographed in nervy, off-centre flourishes and ravishing high definition. — BG

“A rugged moor of a movie, a vast, wild place where Arnold’s vision and Emily Brontë’s meet eye to eye and claw to claw.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline

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