After winning numerous awards – including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – for Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell's next original project would have to be polarizing and impressive. Saltburn, which just held its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, has definitely been called both so far.
The film, a psychological thriller set in the mid-2000s, seems to have a lot in common with Brideshead Revisited. Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin) plays Oliver, a lower-class Oxford student. He finds himself drawn to the wealthy Felix (Euphoria's Jacob Elordi), who invites him to summer at his family's massive estate. While he arrives hoping for some friendship, wild parties and a taste of the high life, he gets much more than he bargained for.
The cast also includes Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant. Margot Robbie – who co-starred with Fennell in Barbie – serves as producer, with the great Linus Sandgren working as director of photography. He's an ideal choice for the film's boxy aspect ratio and lush locations.
Saltburn next turns up at the BFI London Film Festival in October, followed by a limited release in the U.S. on November 24. Unlike Netflix, Amazon Studios will give the film a wider release in December, before premiering on Prime Video at a later date.