Hailed as the British debut of the year, and the discovery of a major new talent, Joanna Hogg’s film deals with Anna, a woman in her fourties, leaving her partner at home, joins the family of an old friend at a Tuscan villa. Rath
er than the adults, she finds herself drawn to the company of the teenagers, but discovers she can never really be part of either group, thus undergoing a deep existential crisis.
Kathryn Worth gives a highly praised performance as the awkward outsider Anna, and rising new actor Tom Hiddleston also shines as the manipulative eldest son, Oakley.
The Guardian First Film Award
Interview with director and writer Joanna Hogg
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Joanna Hogg started her career as a photographer before becoming interested in the moving image. When she approached Derek Jarman in a café to ask him if she could work on one of his films, he instead encouraged her to make her own, and lent her his Super 8 camera.
She studied directing at the National Film School and became a prolific director of television drama. She used this as a testing ground for developing her aesthetic as a director, and in particular working with actors to obtain performances of authenticity and depth. She continually pushed the boundaries of what was possible in established long running series and was the first woman to direct London's Burning.
She has felt a continual desire to express herself in more personal work and the result is her first feature film, Unrelated (2007). She is currently writing a new film, which will shoot in 2009.
UNRELATED won the Fipresci International Critics’ Award at the 2007 London Film Festival and the Guardian First Film Award in 2008.
Producer BARBARA STONE
Cinematographer OLIVER CURTIS BSC
Production Designer STEPHANE COLLONGE
Editor HELLE LE FEVRE
Production Coordinator LOUISE ALAIMO
1st Assistant Director PAOLO GUGLIELMOTTI
Script Supervisor SARA J. DOUGHTY
Sound Recordist CHRIS MCDERMOTT
Supervising Sound Editor JOVAN AJDER
Production Company RAW SIENA
Anna KATHRYN WORTH
Oakley TOM HIDDLESTON
Verena MARY ROSCOE
George DAVID RINTOUL
Jack HENRY LLOYD-HUGHES
Archie HARRY KERSHAW
Charlie MICHAEL HADLEY
Badge EMMA HIDDLESTON
Leonetta LEONETTA MAZZINI
Giovanna GIOVANNA MENNELL
Elisabetta ELISABETTA FIORENTINI
Jonathan JONATHAN MENNELL
The Count GIUSEPPE FIORENTINI
Lingerie Shop Owner LUISA BARTOLOMEI
UK / 2007 / Colour / 1.78 / Dolby Digital / 100 mins / English
A surprising, confident and compelling study of upper middle-class mores
Dave Calhoun, Time Out - read the full review
'A tremendously accomplished, subtle and supremely confident feature, authorially distinctive and dripping with technique'
'Hogg has genuine cinematic artistry'
'An intelligent and utterly involving film'
'What an exhilarating, fascinating film this is – and what a find we have in Joanna Hogg'
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian - read the full review
'This melancholic film works so brilliantly because of a remarkable performance from Worth'
Cosmo Landesman, The Sunday Times - read the full review
FILM OF THE WEEK
'This coolly intelligent British film'
'Unrelated is an accomplishment…significantly different from the British mainstream'
Anthony Quinn, The Independent
Let us welcome Unrelated'
'Packs surprising power'
'A touching film, short on flourishes, long on unflinching truth'
Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times
FILM OF THE WEEK
'British debut of the year'
'Strikingly original, beautifully acted'
'Worth gives an exceptional performance'
'One of the best, and most original British films of the year'
Derek Malcolm, The Evening Standard - read the full review
Portrait of Joanna Hogg by Nick Roddick in The Evening Standard
'A terse, psychologically astute piece with echoes of Michael Haneke'
'Thoroughly deserved triumph of a British feature debut’
'discovery of the year'
Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound
'An emotionally…acute debut'
'A sense of mystery keeps us gripped'
'Worth produces a performance of infinite delicacy and depth'
'Unrelated in its understated, eye-catching fashion, is as arresting as any British debut since Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher'
'I can’t wait to see what Hogg comes up with next'
Sukhdev Sandhu, The Daily Telegraph
★★★★A small British film big on talent'
'A subtle gripping drama and terrific cast on unknowns…'
'Remarkably naturalistic perforances'
'This is an emphatic success'
Henry Fitzherbert, The Sunday Express
★★★★'a serious treat'
'A marvellous piece of cinema'
James Christopher, The Times - read the full review
Portrait of Joanna Hogg by Richard Brooks in The Times
'Impressive, bold, brutally honest'
'Epic, achingly touching, often tense and quite scary'
Michael Hayden, London Film Festival
'UNRELATED has a freshness and a fluency quite uncommon in a British film nowadays'
'Striking in its truthfulness and power...'
'A new kind of British film'
'Brilliant performances from Kathryn Worth and Tom Hiddlestone'
Roger Clarke, The Independent
'Outstanding debut…gripping psychodrama'
Catherine Wheatley, Sight & Sound