Macbeth | 1971
Roman Polanski’s brings striking visuals to an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy, oddly funded by Hugh Hefner and his Playboy empire.
The opening execution of the Thanes is staged on Black Rock Sands, at Morfa Bychan, on the Lleyn Peninsula near Porthmadog in North Wales. An open, wide beach with fine sand, the name comes from an area west of the beach, dominated by a large, multi-coloured headland. Its sand dunes have been declared a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ but, unusually, you can drive onto the beach here – so it’s become a popular spot for motor boats and water bikes (which have their own designated zone).
‘Inverness’ is Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island. Built in1570, the Tudor fort was home for 300 years to temporary garrisons of soldiers from the force based at nearby Berwick. Not seeing much in the way of military action, it survived relatively intact until 1901, when it was bought by Edward Hudson, the owner of Country Life magazine, who had it refurbished as a comfy holiday home in the Arts and Crafts style, by Sir Edwin Lutyens.