The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg
115 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Joanna Hogg’s dream-like, visually splendid tale of first love stars Honor Swinton Byrne alongside her mother, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Burke. Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance.

Based on elements from Hogg's own life, The Souvenir centres around Julie (Swinton Byrne), a 1980s film student from a privileged background who wishes to make films depicting the harsh social realities of Thatcherite Britain. Into her life comes Anthony (Tom Burke), who's older and charismatic and expresses serious interest in, and ideas about, the films Julie wishes to make. Following a chance meeting, the two embark on a tempestuous love affair. The dapper and sophisticated Anthony says he works for the Foreign Office, and hints at daring, secretive missions. While Julie's mother (Swinton) and her friends express some apprehension, Julie remains devoted, borrowing increasingly large sums of money from her parents to hand over to Anthony. Hogg says: "Making the film, I'm allowing parts of my own biography to be re-imagined and expanded upon and changed. I want it to become something else." The result is a film of great power and unforgettable imagery, perfectly capturing the social milieu, and all the euphoria of first love and its accompanying harsh realisations.

Official Competition director biography: Joanna Hogg is considered one of the UK's leading auteurs. Her first feature, Unrelated (2008), starring Tom Hiddleston, won the FIPRESCI Prize and The Guardian's First Film Award. Following that was Archipelago (2010), again with Hiddleston, and Exhibition (2013). The Souvenir (2018) was Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese. She is currently working on the second part of The Souvenir, with Robert Pattinson starring alongside Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne.

This portrait of the artist as a young film-maker will certainly stand the test of time.
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily


Thu 6 June
State Theatre
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Sat 8 June
State Theatre
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Fri 14 June
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
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Sun 16 June
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
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Program Strand
Official Competition, Selling Fast
Unclassified 15+
In English
Joanna Hogg
Luke Schiller
Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton
Joanna Hogg
David Raedeker
Helle Le Fevre
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Politics & Economics, Arts, Biography, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Filmmaking, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Distributor: Universal Pictures International Australasia
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