SKIPTON Film Club will present a screening of the thriller Lady Macbeth on Sunday at the Plaza Cinema in Skipton.

One of the most startling British films of 2017, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.

The novel had been the subject of a controversial opera by Russian composer Shostakovich in 1934 – infuriating Stalin due to its avant garde score.

A spokesman for Skipton Film Club said: "From this high culture beginning comes a fantastic British period thriller that has magnetic first performance from the charismatic Florence Pugh in the sexy, lethal title role."

Set in 19th century Cumbria, Pugh plays Katherine, unhappily married to the morose and sexually inadequate son of a wealthy mine owner.

The film follows Katherine’s rebellion against the oppressive marriage with a transgressive affair with a mixed race servant.

The affair eventually leads to violence as the film starts to become an English version of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with a more radical twist.

Members and non members welcome to the film, which starts at 5.15pm.