Hogg’s fourth feature, a Sundance Grand Jury winner, looks set to elevate her beyond the confines of her usual admirers. Set in the 1980s and based on real-life experiences of film school and romance, The Souvenir elegantly elevates quotidian moments into a story of love. The naturalistic dialogue – a Hogg forte – hints at the characters’ disquietude and vulnerability. Though the film features an outstanding supporting cast— including Swinton and Ayoade — it’s Swinton-Byrne’s breakout central performance that embodies the film’s core: a woman grappling with separating fact from fiction as her ambitions are jeopardised by her first real romance.
On general release from Fri 30 Aug.
We will be joined by director Joanna Hogg and actor Tom Burke for a Q&A following this special preview screening on Thu 29 Aug at 17:50.