Saltburn has all the makings of a cult film.
The film is not only Promising Young Woman director, Emerald Fennell’s, return to the big screen but also stars Euphoria heartthrob Jacob Elordi and is produced by none other than Margot Robbie—and we haven’t even told you the plot yet.
Described as a “British tale of excess,” the film is a mystery centred on Oxford University students and a hedonistic aristocratic family. Think: The Talented Mr Ripley, Brideshead Revisited and Donna Tart’s The Secret History energy.
For everything else we know about the film, keep reading.
What Is Saltburn About?
Saltburn follows Oxford University student, Oliver Quick, who, while struggling to find his place at university, is drawn into the aristocratic world of the charming Felix Catton. While we won’t spoil it for you just yet, things seem to get interesting when Felix invites Oliver to Saltburn, “his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.”
While at first glance, the film might look like a period drama, it’s actually set in the mid-2000s and according to the BFI, this also means you can expect 2000s pop inspired playlist.
Watch the trailer above.
Who Directed Saltburn?
British actor and director, Emerald Fennell has written, directed and produced Saltburn.
The film is the British director’s return to the big screen after winning an Oscar in 2021 for her 2020 directorial debut, Promising Young Woman.
Interestingly, Fennell is also very familiar with the world she explores in Saltburn. Fennell happens to be the daughter of British jewellery designer Theo Fennell, who is a frequent guest at high society parties. Fennell also attended the prestigious Marlborough College, whose alumni include the Princess of Wales and Princess Eugenie.
It’s also safe to assume Fennell learned a thing or two playing the young Camilla Shand (now Queen Camilla) in two seasons of The Crown.
Who Is Cast In Saltburn?
Gone Girl star, Rosamund Pike stars alongside Elordi in what is her first feature film role since 2020’s I Care A Lot.
The starring role is played by 29-year-old Irish actor Barry Keoghan. Keoghan is best known for his roles in The Batman, Eternals and The Banshees of Inisherin.
Also in the cast of Saltburn is Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Alison Oliver (Conversations with Friends), Richard E. Grant (Loki), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Sadie Soverall, Lolly Adefope and Ewan Mitchell.
Who Produced The Film?
Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, have produced the film. It’s also not the first time that Fennel has collaborated with Robbie, with Robbie’s company also producing Fennell’s first feature film, Promising Young Woman, and Fennell starring as the pregnant Midge in Barbie.
When Will Saltburn Be Released?
Saltburn opened the 67th British Film Institute’s London Film Festival on October 4, 2023.
The film then hit Australian cinemas on November 16 and is still playing in theatres.
Prime Video has also acquired streaming rights to the film, for those who don’t make it to the cinema. It will be available to stream from December 22.