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Writer, director and producer Emerald Fennell’s highly anticipated comedy-drama thriller, Saltburn, premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival. The film follows student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), struggling to find his place at Oxford University, and 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.

Fennell’s feature directorial and screenplay debut, Promising Young Woman, which she also produced, was a breakout success out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She was later nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Original Screenplay.

Her debut short, Careful How You Go, which she wrote and directed, also premiered at Sundance in 2019.

For this Spotlight Event, Emerald will discuss her creative process in making Saltburn and her success in sustaining a career as a prolific multi-hyphenate in film, television and theatre. 

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Photo credit: John Wilson Emerald Fennell is an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Emmy®, DGA, PGA and WGA nominated writer, director, actress and author who has established herself as a prolific multihyphenate in film, television and theatre. more...

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