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My dark-skinned brother

Andrea Arnold delivers a steamy, class-conscious rewrite of Wuthering Heights

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British director Andrea Arnold, whose dramas Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009) suggest a penchant for gritty social realism, tries her hand at the Emily Bronte classic, adhering to the basic plot but using sexuality and racial discrimination to heighten Bronte's theme of class injustice. Heathcliff, the impoverished gypsy boy adopted by a farming family in the moorlands of northern England, has been radically reinvented as Afro-Caribbean, and as he grows into adulthood, his love for the daughter, Catherine, becomes a boldly romanticized exploration of physical desire in the face of extreme oppression. In a key scene, as Heathcliff's back drips with blood after a lashing, Catherine dutifully licks him clean. With Solomon Glave, Shannon Beer, and Lee Shaw.

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Wuthering Heights

Official Site: www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/wutheringheights/index.html

Director: Coky Giedroyc

Writer: Peter Bowker and Emily Brontë

Producer: Radford Neville

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Lancashire, Burn Gorman, Rosalind Halstead, Rebecca Night, Tom Payne, Andrew Hawley and Kevin McNally