Loved Promising Young Woman? Upcoming Drama, Saltburn, Is One To Watch

By Rufus Punt | 15th December 2023

One of the most talked about comedies of the past few years was Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, the dark, thought-provoking thriller that mixed humour with a searing social message. The director is releasing her follow-up this year as Saltburn, a drama about infatuation, “privilege and desire”, starring Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin) and Jacob Elordi (Euphoria). 

Centring around two students, the film is set to also feature Rosamund Pike (The Wheel of Time), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Promising Young Woman lead Carey Mulligan. Out this Friday 17th November, here’s why you should watch it. 

What is Saltburn about?

Keoghan, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the well-meaning but troubled Dominic in Banshees, plays Oliver Quick, a young student studying at Oxford University. Daunted by its size and prestige, he’s been struggling to fit in and feels alienated from everyone else. 

Opposite him is Jacob Elordi (soon to be seen as Elvis in the upcoming biopic Priscilla) playing the charming and magnetic Felix Catton, a student from an aristocratic family. Drawn to Felix’s open nature and charisma, Oliver soon begins to become infatuated with his fellow undergrad. So he can’t quite believe it when Felix invites him over to his huge family estate for the holidays, meeting his eccentric family- and the two share “a summer never to be forgotten.”

What else do we know?

While there’s not much revealed about Saltburn’s plot just yet, we do know that it’s set in the mid-2000s (featuring some hits of early 2000s pop) and is shot around the English countryside. The trailer gives us a sneak peek into the livelihoods of these young adults as they navigate this aristocratic world. There’ll be plenty of sunshine, lavish parties and excess throughout the film.

Richard E. Grant is playing the suitably aristocratic-sounding “Sir James”. Pike will play Elsbeth Catton, while Mulligan will play Pamela. 

Meanwhile, Alison Oliver (Conversations with Friends), Archie Madeke (Midsommar), Paul Rhys (Luther) and Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9) round out the cast.

When will it be released?

The film is set to arrive in cinemas from 17th November and will arrive later on streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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