Alright, folks, the director from Saltburn, Emerald Fennell, is dishing out the deets on why everyone’s losing it over the infamous bathtub scene in her film. According to Fennell, it’s got people hooked because it’s “both diabolical and revolting, and unbelievably relatable.”
Bathtub Drama: The Scene That Started It All
Fennell spills the beans, admitting that the wild bathtub scene the “first scene I imagined when thinking about the movie.” The psychological thriller, starring Barry Keoghan, who’s got a thing for a rich uni mate, just snagged five Bafta nominations, including the nod for Best British Film.
Dark Comedy Gone Viral
This dark comedy sent shockwaves across the internet when it dropped on Amazon Prime in December. Packed with viral moments, people flooded social media with stories of watching it with their jaws on the floor during the holidays. Deadline reports that Saltburn clips have racked up a mind-blowing four billion views on TikTok.
Social Media Frenzy for a Gothic Romance
Fennell credits the social media craze to the film being a “gothic romance.” She thinks it taps into our “emotional need for really operatic, heightened emotion; a heightened sense of the erotic and of love and of hate.”
Bathtub Buzz: Why It’s a Talk of the Town
The bathtub scene is stealing the show. Fennell spills the secret sauce, saying it’s “at the heart of the film” and “so powerful because it is so sexy.” She believes it strikes a chord with those who’ve felt that “absolute locus desire,” making it seriously effective.
In this scene, Keoghan’s character Oliver goes all in, sipping used bathwater that’s got his mate Felix’s sperm in it, played by Jacob Elordi. Both Keoghan and Elordi are in the running for Baftas for their roles, and Rosamund Pike snags a nod for Best Supporting Actress.
Saltburn’s Bafta Triumph and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Comeback
Fennell, who bagged two Baftas for “Promising Young Woman,” is over the moon about Saltburn’s five nominations. She calls it “the most exciting thing in the world because we all love the film so much and we had an entirely British crew.”
Not stopping at Bafta buzz, Saltburn is making waves by bringing Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit “Murder on the Dancefloor” back into the charts after it pops up in Keoghan’s eye-popping nude finale.
Saltburn’s standing tall with five Bafta nominations, rubbing shoulders with the top-grossing film of 2023, “Barbie.” Fennell gives props to “Barbie,” calling it a “genius piece of filmmaking that is so beautifully crafted.”
“Oppenheimer” takes the lead with 13 Bafta nominations, hot on the heels of “Poor Things” with 11. The Bafta field is gearing up for a showdown, and Saltburn is right in the thick of it.
In a nutshell, Saltburn isn’t just making waves in the film world; it’s creating a splash heard ’round social media and the charts. That diabolical bathtub scene might be the talk of the town, but Saltburn is proving it’s got more than one trick up its sleeve.