SECRETS, LIES and RELATIONSHIPS … ‘The Souvenir’
30th November 2019
‘The Souvenir’, written and directed by Joanna Hogg, was one of the most coveted films at BIFAs this year – nominated for a total of 8 categories, including Best Independent British Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Tom Burke) and Most Promising Newcomer (Honor Swinton Byrne), as well as Costume Design, Editing and Production Design.
Starring Swinton Byrne as film student Julie, and Tom Burke as Anthony – her arrogant mentor – ‘The Souvenir’ is a tender and truthful depiction of a relationship built on a lie. The story, based on Hogg’s romantic past, which she carefully unwraps for her audience. The story follows the naïve and vulnerable Julie, falling for the predatory, captivating Anthony. In fact, the film is such an intimate and personal endeavour for Hogg herself that she goes as far as casting her goddaughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, in the role tightly based on herself – and then, through the addition of Byrne’s own mother, the brilliant Tilda Swinton, who is portraying Julie’s mom, the director ensures it all hits close to home.
Produced by the brillant Martin Scorsese, ‘The Souvenir’ is full of great performances and we recommend you see it.