Struggling to fit in at Oxford University, Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten. Oscar® winner Emerald Fennell set cinematic screens alight with her US-set feature debut Promising Young Woman. For her hotly anticipated sophomore film, the director returns to the UK and sharpens her gaze on the opposite sex for this thrilling tale of an intellectually brilliant student navigating a new and precarious world. Fennell is a gifted writer and Saltburn offers endless delights with its delicious plot twists, dry wit and edgy barbs, delivered with aplomb by the stellar cast.
International rising star Jacob Elordi shines as the dashing, young aristocrat while Barry Keoghan gives a remarkable career-best performance as Oliver. Alongside them are Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Carey Mulligan – each inhabiting their roles with gusto – and an impressive array of new British talent that includes Alison Oliver and Archie Madekwe. Suzie Davies’ production design perfectly realises the world Fennell has created, while La La Land cinematographer Linus Sandgren’s stunning imagery offers a plentiful array of lush visual pleasures. To top it off, a soundtrack of early 21st-century pop bangers perfectly timestamps the film and gives rise to some of its most memorable set pieces. An expertly crafted and exhilarating thrill-ride of a film, showcasing an enormous depth of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, Saltburn confirms Fennell as one of the UK’s most ambitious and devilishly fun filmmakers.DramaPT2H7M152023-11-17