Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Wuthering Heights 2011

Directed by Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold’s radical, stunningly visual response to Emily Brontë’s classic excavates the primal passions that made the novel such an affront to society. “A beautiful rough beast of a movie, a costume drama like no other.” — The Guardian

UK In English
128 minutes DCP



Robert Bernstein
Douglas Rae
Kevin Loader


Andrea Arnold
Olivia Hetreed. Based on the novel by Emily Brontë


Robbie Ryan


Nicolas Chaudeurge

Production designer

Helen Scott

Costume designer

Steven Noble


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)


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