Wuthering Heights

October 5th 2012
  • Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 129 min,
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Cast: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Glave, Paul Hilton, Shannon Beer, Simone Jackson, Steve Evets, Lee Shaw, Adam Lock, Amy Wren, Eve Coverley, Jonny Powell, Oliver Milburn, Emma Ropner, Richard Guy, Michael Hughes, James Northcote, Nichola Burley, Paul Murphy
  • Director: Andrea Arnold
  • Writers: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed, Emily Brontë
  • Producers: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae
  • Co Producers: Matt Delargy, James Saynor
  • Executive Producers: Hugo Heppell, Adam Kulick, Tessa Ross, Mark Woolley
  • Art Direction: Christopher Wyatt
  • Castings: Des Hamilton, Lucy Pardee, Gail Stevens
  • Costume Design: Steven Noble
  • D.O.P.: Robbie Ryan
  • Editor: Nicolas Chaudeurge
  • Makeup: Emma Scott
  • Production Design: Helen Scott
  • Set Decoration: Alice Norris


Emily Bronte's classic romance is given an austere, naturalistic interpretation in this adaptation from filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which strips the story of much of its dialogue and adds a racial component to the tale of forbidden love.

Yorkshire landowner Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton) brings a West Indian boy (Solomon Glave) to live on his property and earn his keep working on Earnshaw's farm, naming the youth Heathcliff. While Heathcliff is regarded with deep suspicion by Earnshaw's son Hindley (Lee Shaw), he strikes up a friendship with Earnshaw's daughter Catherine (Shannon Beer) that grows stronger with time.

After the death of Mr. Earnshaw, Hindley takes control of the farm, and Heathcliff chafes under Hindley's vicious treatment, running off to make his own way. In time, Catherine (now played by Kaya Scodelario) grows into a beautiful woman, and Edgar Linton (James Northcote), the son of a wealthy man, asks for her hand in marriage.

Hindley approves of the match, but Catherine is torn when Heathcliff returns (now played by James Howson) as a self-made man. The affection Catherine and Heathcliff knew in their youth has grown into something deeper, but she isn't sure if she can defy her family in the name of love

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Filming Locations: Yorkshire, UK
  • Production Budget: £5 million
  • Production Companies: Ecosse Films, Film4, HanWay Films, Goldcrest Films International, UK Film Council, Screen Yorkshire
  • Production Schedule: 20 September 2010 - 16 November 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "One of the great under seen films of recent years was Andrea Arnold's 2009 British coming of age tale "Fish Tank", a surprisingly accessible and powerful drama featuring Michael Fassbender's most relaxed and arguably seductive performance to date. Now she's back and tackling a film adaptation of one of the cornerstones of English literature - Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights".

Like "Jane Eyre" by Emily's sister Charlotte Bronte, 'Wuthering' has been adapted countless times for both television and film, most recently a 2009 ITV mini-series starring "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy and "Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln. Cary Fukunaga's acclaimed adaptation of "Jane Eyre" last year however showed that there's still plenty of life in the old girl yet, so expectations are high for what Arnold has delivered here.

For those unfamiliar, the novel is set on the Yorkshire Moors and follows the passionate but doomed love affair between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a teenage passion which eventually destroys them and many around them. While Arnold avoids 'The Maturity of Heathcliff' second half of the book like many adaptations have, she otherwise takes a very different approach with this - shooting the film entirely on location under top secret conditions with a tight £5 million budget. Authenticity was a crucial thing for her, so much so the lead actress was banned from shaving her armpits during filming.

In fact Arnold didn't even announce who her male lead star was until after the movie was completed. Said star was young up & comer James Howson who is also the first black actor to star as Heathcliff in any screen adaptation of the work. Arnold went back to the original work and cast young actors much closer to the ages of the book characters than other versions have been, in the process dumping some of the more famous names previously linked to the lead roles including Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Fassbender and Ed Westwick.

The film premiered in Venice last year where it won an award for Best Cinematography. Reviews were strong, highly praising the production's attention to detail and visual look along with its smashing of costume drama conventions while showcasing the stark, brutal, almost animalistic reality of living in that hard environment at that time. Some had criticisms of the performances and the racism angle, but there's also a few who consider it one of the best films they saw on the festival circuit last year - expect a similar reaction when it finds a theatrical release this year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 November 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 29 December 2011: Greece
  • 30 December 2011: Taiwan
  • 26 January 2012: Slovenia
  • 16 February 2012: Hungary
  • 2 March 2012: Sweden
  • 7 March 2012: Malta
  • 8 March 2012: Russia, Serbia and Montenegro
  • 30 March 2012: Spain
  • 6 April 2012: Finland
  • 12 April 2012: Netherlands
  • 20 April 2012: Poland
  • 26 April 2012: Israel
  • 2 May 2012: Belgium
  • 10 May 2012: Portugal
  • 17 May 2012: Hong Kong
  • 18 May 2012: South Africa
  • 24 May 2012: Denmark
  • 28 June 2012: South Korea
  • 19 July 2012: Germany
  • 11 October 2012: Australia