Zastrozzi: A Romance (DVD)
Channel 4's 1986 adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic novel from David Hopkins, featuring early screen performances from Tilda Swinton and Mark McGann.
England has been taken away from us by mucky profiteers. We've been sold out. England has been cashed in. Watch it, they'll have your dreams next.
Zastrozzi: A Romance DVD Trailer
A riveting and haunting four-part drama and contemporary retelling of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic horror novel, considered a precursor to Merry Shelley's Frankenstein.
Characters from the original tale are transported from 19th century Germany and Italy to modern-day England in this visceral exploration into the wicked depths of human nature, and the failed frameworks of society, religion and romance.
In this tale of obsession and revenge, outlaw Zastrozzi (Geoff Francis), aided by courtesan Matlida (Hilary Trott), kidnaps his half-brother Verezzi (Mark McGann) and torments him into believing his lover Julia (Tilda Swinton) has been murdered.
He thus begins a tortuous campaign of psychological abuse against Verezzi, in this thought-provoking and timeless look at demonic manipulation and soul-sapping vulnerability.
What the Press Said:
The darker corners of the subject of desire transform[ed] into a scathing commentary on contemporary England.‚ New York Times
Release Date 8th October 2018
No. Discs’ 2 DVDs
Run time‚ 205 mins