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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week.

In the very early hours of Wednesday morning (1:40am), Film4 are screening Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed Throne of Blood which transports Shakespeare’s Macbeth into the backdrop of feudal Japan. By pairing the plot of the well-known ‘Scottish Play’ and the distinctive stylings of Noh theatre, Kurosawa creates something bold and unique.

The film could be of use to HE English tutors looking to show how Shakespeare’s works feature universal themes, as well as considering the nature of adaptation – which elements of plot truly make a story recognisable?

Considering that Throne of Blood is a classic Japanese film, it may also be of use for teaching language for a MFL course.

As Macbeth is perennial favourite amongst GCSE and A-Level curriculums, sections of Throne of Blood may offer teachers an engaging way to discuss the themes and tone of the play.


Follow the hashtag #TVforHE or #TVforTeachers and @EraResources for more lesson ideas.