Introduction

Thie 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd was directed by Thomas Vinterberg and based on the novel by Thomas Hardy with a screenplay by David Nicholls.

Bathsheba, the heroine of the book and the film 'is the first example which Hardy gives us of a partly emancipated woman, who farms her own farm and demands equal status with the men when she goes to the Casterbridge market.'  But, as in so many of his novels, Far from the Madding Crowd is essentially a love story; it was also the book that established Hardy's reputation.

Scott-James and C. Day Lewis. Thomas Hardy, London: Longman, Greens & Co., 1965.

'Thomas Vinterberg turns out to be a half-eccentric, half-inspired choice to direct Thomas Hardy's rural tragedy, nearly 50 years after John Schlesinger's classic adaptation'.

Bradshaw, Peter. 'Far from the Madding Crowd: Carey Mulligan shines in Hardy perennial', The Guardian, 2 April 2015