Brighouse director’s new twist on Macbeth

Director Daniel Coll and cast
Director Daniel Coll and cast
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Actor and director Daniel Coll says his latest film “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is his proudest achievement in his 30-year career.

He directed the shoot on location in Austria and the cast included Marek Oravec as Macbeth, Hannah Taylor Gordon as Lady Macbeth and Oliver Tobias as The Porter.

Shakespeare’s play about treachery and revenge was re-interpreted to appeal to a younger audience.

“I believe we have achieved in making an accessible, direct and modern film version that should prove engaging to all,” said Daniel, of Brighouse.

“I am proud of the cast and crew having made a film that brings this story to a modern audience in a completely comprehensible way.

“It should turn any youngster onto the passions and messages that Shakespeare surely intended his audience to embrace.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth is my proudest achievement in over 30 years involvement in theatre, film and television.

“It was filmed over 15 days in Austria and it was -20 degrees”

The story was set in 11th century Scotland and is a tale of young love, reckless ambition and a dream that unravels into a nightmare and the film has been released on DVD.

Daniel was also in the limelight last week when he made a one-off appearance in Eastenders as the reporter Trevor Brains.

He said he enjoyed the experience and is now waiting to see if his character develops into the soap.

“It was my first time in Eastenders and I had a great time,” said Daniel, who has also appeared on Coronation Street several times, Emmerdale and Heartbeat.

“Everybody was very friendly and put me at ease.”

He said appearing in soaps was not without stress.

“You have to be on top of your lines as you don’t have long and there are multi-cameras,” said Daniel.

Picture by Matthew Brodie