Based on Emily Brontë classic novel of love and revenge, “Wuthering Heights” is a visually stunning film that explores love, loss and pain. As with Bronte’s novel, the film starts in the protagonists childhood years and spans well into their young adulthood. It tells the story of Heathcliff (portrayed by Solomon Glave as a youth and James Howson as an adult), an abandoned orphan who is taken in by a benevolent farmer, Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton). Brought to the wild English moor estate known as Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff falls in love with Mr. Earnshaw’s teenage daughter, Cathy (Shannon Beer and Kaya Scodelario).
The passionate relationship that develops between Heathcliff and Cathy inspires the envy and mistrust of Earnshaw’s son, Hindley (Lee Shaw). When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.
The film features beautiful cinematography that brings out the emotions that are at the heart of the story. Although earlier adaptations of the novel had used white actors to portray all of the main characters as Director Andrea Arnold made the somewhat controversial decision to assign the role of Heathcliff to actors who are black. This served to make the distinctions between Heathcliff and Cathy feel even stronger.
“Wuthering Heights,” which was filmed based on a screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, is scheduled for a limited release on October 5, 2012 by Oscilloscope Laboratories.