Academy Award winning writer, actor, and director Emerald Fennell tells us about her intoxicating new movie Saltburn, which is out this week. Emerald previously directed Promising Young Woman and played Camila Parker Bowles in The Crown.
Saltburn is about Oliver (Barry Keoghan), a student at Oxford who is pulled into the orbit of his classmate Felix (Jacob Elordi), the guy who has it all. When Felix learns Oliver has nowhere to spend the summer, he invites him back to the family estate, called Saltburn. What starts as an idyllic, languid summer turns very sour.
“The kind of country house thriller which has the aristocracy at its heart seemed like a great vehicle to talk about why we want the things we want, what we do to get them, and what it does to all of us,” Emerald says.