Wuthering Heights

  • 15
  • Andrea Arnold (2011)
  • UK
  • 123 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Fêted British writer/director Andrea Arnold effects a brave leap from the urban, contemporary setting of Red Road and Fish Tank, to Emily Brontë's beloved rural 19th-century love story. It's an earthy, elemental dramatisation, with a stripped back screenplay by the director and Olivia Hetreed. You can almost smell the Yorkshire moors in the weather-beaten locations, shot in shallow focus so that we can seemingly reach out and touch every hair on a horse's head, every snagged thread of wool on a thistle. With detailed natural sound design, no score and a young, unknown cast - Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave are particularly striking as the young Cathy and Heathcliff (who, in this provocative version, is black) - Arnold chases the action, handheld, like a Bourne movie. It's a boldly modernist approach designed to irritate purists, and although it's pleasingly tactile, it's perhaps too avant garde; its fractured narrative and glimpses of lens flare constantly break the spell of the period fiction.

Plot Summary

Adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic romantic novel, starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson. In 19th-century Yorkshire a young man, Heathcliff, is rescued from poverty by Mr Earnshaw and taken into his family home. There he develops an intense relationship with Earnshaw's daughter Cathy - much to the fury of her brutish elder brother Hindley.

Cast and crew


Catherine Earnshaw
Kaya Scodelario
James Howson
Young Heathcliff
Solomon Glave
Young Cathy
Shannon Beer
Steve Evets
Mr Linton
Oliver Milburn
Mr Earnshaw
Paul Hilton
Edgar Linton
James Northcote
Frances Earnshaw
Amy Wren
Isabella Linton
Nichola Burley


Andrea Arnold

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Swearing and violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Nov 2011
Certificate 15