Galleon Films - The Duchess of Malfi
The Duchess of Malfi daringly exposes all that is admirable and reprehensible in the human nature. It does so unapologetically, sometimes shockingly and often in a poetic and spiritually uplifting manner. Alice de Sousa’s original script, which is inspired by John Webster’s extraordinary stage play, draws on all these influences to provide an entirely modern, visually arresting, design led and filmic reworking of this greatly enduring classic.
The Duchess of Malfi provides unique cinematic possibilities for great acting and thrilling plot developments. It is a heart rending revenge story; and an intensely psychological and often morally shocking tale of Machiavellian corruption, incest, madness and uncontrollable carnal passion.
Remarkably, The Duchess of Malfi, one of the greatest theatre plays ever written in the English language, has never before been adapted into the film medium. Orson Welles was, thus far, the only film maker to have attempted to do so.
Galleon Films Ltd. (UK) in co-production with Iris Productions (Luxembourg - www.irisproductions.lu) will create the first ever filmic reworking of this incomparable classic, which has for nearly four hundred years secured won towering stage performances from the leading actors of each successive generation.
Casting has commenced for The Duchess of Malfi feature film, which will be directed by the 2010 Oscars shortlisted director and Palm Springs Film Festival nominee - Nicolas Steil.