Saltburn Boasts A Tale of Privilege and Desire

Emerald Fennell's new film, 'Saltburn,' starring Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi, promises a captivating exploration of privilege and desire set against the backdrop of Oxford University.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell, known for her critically acclaimed work in Promising Young Woman, returns to the director’s chair with a new cinematic venture Saltburn that delves into the complexities of privilege and desire. Her latest film, yet untitled, is not just a directorial feat but also showcases her prowess as a writer and producer.

Summer at Saltburn: A Journey into the Aristocratic World

Saltburn follows Oliver Quick (portrayed by Barry Keoghan), a student at the prestigious Oxford University, as he navigates the challenging waters of academia and social hierarchies. Oliver, struggling to find his footing in the elite environment, encounters Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), a charismatic and aristocratic figure who draws him into a world far removed from the rigors of university life.

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Felix invites Oliver to spend the summer at Saltburn, the Catton family’s eccentric and sprawling estate. This invitation marks the beginning of an unforgettable summer, filled with experiences that blur the lines between privilege, desire, and morality. The narrative promises to be a beautifully wicked tale that explores the depths of human relationships and the allure of a lifestyle that is both enviable and potentially corrupting.

High Society Intrigue

The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Archie Madekwe, and Carey Mulligan, alongside Keoghan and Elordi. Each actor brings a unique depth to the story, promising performances that are both compelling and nuanced.

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Emerald Fennell teams up with producers Margot Robbie and Josey McNamara, both recognized for their exceptional work in the industry. Their collaboration is a testament to the film’s potential as a significant cinematic work.

With a runtime of 127 minutes and a Rated R classification, the film is set to offer audiences a deep dive into a narrative rich with complexity and intrigue. Fennell’s direction, coupled with the performances of a talented cast, is poised to make this film a noteworthy addition to the landscape of contemporary cinema.

Saltburn releases in select theaters on November 17, 2023, and everywhere on Thanksgiving.

About Saltburn


Release Date: November 17, 2023, in select theaters
Written and Directed by Emerald Fennell
Produced by Emerald Fennell, p.g.a; Margot Robbie, p.g.a; Josey McNamara, p.g.a
Starring Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Archie Madekwe, and Carey Mulligan

Academy Award winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) brings us a beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire. Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.

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