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The Souvenir: Part II (N/C 15+)

8 October

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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Joanna Hogg’s glorious follow-up to The Souvenir sees Honor Swinton Byrne returning as Julie for this rich autofictional portrait of the birth of a filmmaker.

Picking up where the first film left off, a devastated Julie has returned to her parents’ home – Hogg again emphatically demonstrating that no filmmaker can better illuminate a depth of subtext in middle-class English reserve. Julie is also under pressure to start her film school graduation project, drawing on her recent grief and workshopping with actors to fully develop the story.

The Souvenir was always intended as two parts and it’s a pleasure to return to Hogg’s pitch-perfect evocation of 1980s Britain, with another superb soundtrack and vintage store styling from costume designer Grace Snell. With unexpected humour and more expressive set pieces in Julie’s film-within-a-film, Hogg also adds new notes here, and works with an exceptional cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Jaygann Ayeh, Harris Dickinson, Ariane Labed and Richard Ayoade. An impeccable film from one of the UK’s finest directors – bittersweet, rich with Hogg’s typically incisive understanding of people and filled with moments of joy.

This rich and mysterious film is a real achievement. ★★★★★

The Guardian

London Film Festival screening

This screening is part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Information on the rest of the LFF screenings at GFT is available here.

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  • Director Joanna Hogg
  • Cast Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Jaygann Ayeh
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h47m
  • Certificate N/C 15+

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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