Set up as a collaboration between Cameron Taylor (Co-author of On the Trail of the Real Macbeth, with Alistair Murray). Paul Johnson (Carden Holiday Cottages. Alex Wright & Sara Brockbank (Flying Mirrors) and Dave Barr (barrd.net).
The plan was simple, we aimed to put the record straight and tell the story of The Real Macbeth. Filmed in the inspiring landscapes of the ancient Province of Moray and in and Kingdom of Alba.
Watch the Documentary Trailer.
Macbeth: Shakespeare’s Drama.
Shakespeare’s tragic drama has been performed on stage all over the world and has been the subject of countless adaptations and interpretations. Justin Kurzel’s 2015 movie starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard provides a gritty Hollywood interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, set in the dramatic landscape of medieval Scotland.
But the tale told is fiction, rather than the true story of one of Scotland’s greatest kings.
Fact or Fiction?
One was a fiction created by the playwright William Shakespeare. This was no work of history but a drama intended to delight a royal client.
The other was a real man, a Mormaer of the Province of Moray in frontier lands opposing the Viking north of Scotland. In the year 1040 he realised a dynastic ambition and became king of Alba. The 11th century was a turbulent, decisive time in the development of the kingdoms of medieval Europe and King Macbeth ruled Alba for seventeen years.
The Project Brief and Launch.
We had set ourselves quite a task. Write, film, edit and create the accompanying website in eight weeks. It was hectic but the whole team pulled together, fueled by Paul’s delicious food & endless enthusiasm – the script, product and website were all finished on time.
Premiere at Forres Town Hall.
All of us were very pleased with the movie’s positive reception from all who turned up. It was a fantastic turn out at just under two hundred people. Forres Town Hall was filled to the brim. We also raised money for Forres Heritage Trust and Film Forres – Estimated at over £200.