Jekyll and Hyde trade London for Edinburgh in Hope Dickson Leach’s cinematic retelling of the gothic classic.
Dir. Hope Dickson Leach / United Kingdom / 2023 / English
The sinuous alleys and many staircases of nocturnal Edinburgh replace London’s old town in Hope Dickson Leach’s Scottish retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella, originally created as a live hybrid performance with the National Theatre of Scotland. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde finds inspiration in gothic cinema while maintaining its intimate theatrical feel, bringing to life this tale of good and evil told through a lawyer’s investigation of a series of macabre murders. Emphasising themes of capitalistic greed and unscrupulous social ascension, this interpretation is sure to echo with audiences attuned to the current political climate. A chilling chance to see Edinburgh in all of its shadowy glory on the big screen.
Rafa Sales Ross, Film Programmer
Hope Dickson Leach will be at the festival to present her film, alongside star David Hayman.
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Selkie Productions in association with Screen Scotland and Sky Arts
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Director: Hope Dickson Leach
After completing her MFA at Columbia University in New York, Hope made several award-winning short films before her feature debut in 2016. The Levelling premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at festivals all over the world. She was awarded the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI at the London Film Festival and won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Screenwriter for the film. Hope is a co-founder of Raising Films, a campaign to make the screen industry more sustainable for parents and carers. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and children.
Writers: Hope Dickson Leach, Vlad Butucea
Producer: Wendy Griffin
Cast: Lorn Macdonald, Henry Pettigrew, David Hayman
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