Joanna Hogg (born 20 March 1960) is a British film director and screenwriter. She made her directorial and screenwriting feature film debut in 2007 with Unrelated followed by Archipelago (2010), Exhibition (2013), The Souvenir (2019), The Souvenir Part II (2021), and The Eternal Daughter (2022). Two of her films topped the Sight & Sound annual poll for best film in their respective years,[1][2] receiving nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Joanna Hogg
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Joanna Hogg in 2014
Born (1960-03-20) 20 March 1960 (age 62)
London, England
Years active1986–present


Early TV workEdit

After leaving school in the late 1970s, Hogg worked as a photographer and began to make experimental super-8 films after borrowing a camera from Derek Jarman, who became an early mentor after a chance meeting in Patisserie Valerie in Soho.[3] One of these, a film about a kinetic sculpture by artist Ron Haselden, won her a place to study direction at the National Film and Television School. In 1986, her graduation piece called Caprice starred Tilda Swinton.[4] On graduation, Hogg directed several music videos for artists such as Alison Moyet, and won her first television commission writing and directing a programme segment for Janet Street Porter's Channel Four series Network 7, Flesh + Blood. In the 1990s, Hogg directed episodes of London Bridge, Casualty and London's Burning. She also directed the EastEnders special EastEnders: Dot's Story (2003).


Hogg has said, "I wanted to make a film doing everything I was told not to do in television".[4] She shot her first feature, Unrelated (2007), in Tuscany. It tells the story of a childless woman, Anna (Kathryn Worth), of around forty who goes on holiday to Italy with her friend Verena (Mary Roscoe) and her teenage family. Over the course of the holiday, tensions emerge as Anna spends less time with the 'grown-ups' and is drawn towards the teenage crowd and the attractions of Verena's teenage nephew (Tom Hiddleston). The film received critical acclaim, premiering at the London Film Festival in 2007 and winning the FIPRESCI International Critics Award.[5] It also won the Guardian First Film Award in 2008 and the Evening Standard British Film Awards 'Most Promising Newcomer' Award in 2009, as well as being nominated for their Best Film Award and earning Hogg a nomination for the London Film Critics' Circle 'Breakthrough Filmmaker' Award in 2009.

Her second film, Archipelago, shot on the island of Tresco had its UK premiere at the 2010 London Film Festival, where it was nominated in the Best Film category. It was released in the UK on 4 March 2011 by Artificial Eye.[6] Her third film Exhibition starred musician Viv Albertine and artist Liam Gillick and also featured Hogg's long-time collaborator Tom Hiddleston. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013. Peter Bradshaw writing in The Guardian hailed it as 'a masterful cinematic enigma' awarding it the full five stars.[7]

In the A24 podcast episode "A Bigger Canvas", Martin Scorsese has a conversation with Hogg where it is revealed that he saw her film Archipelago and reached out to her wanting to collaborate with her.[8] He served as an executive producer for her next film, The Souvenir (2019). The film premiered in the Sundance Film Festival.[9] It was released in the United States on 17 May 2019 by A24 and in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2019 by Curzon Artificial Eye.[10] The title refers to the painting of the same name by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Hogg's personal life, with the performance of Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke and Tilda Swinton.[11] The film was nominated in several film awards ceremonies and festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the British Independent Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

The sequel, The Souvenir Part II, had its premier at Cannes Film Festival in July 2021,[12] receiving critical acclaim, with nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, the Gotham Awards and at the London Film Critics' Circle.[13][14]

Hogg's newest film, The Eternal Daughter, is a mystery-drama film starring Tilda Swinton. The film is set to premier at the 2022 Venice Film Festival.


In 2015 Hogg directed Harold Pinter's unproduced film screenplay adaptation of the short story by Karen Blixen "The Dreaming Child" for Radio 4, adapting the screenplay with producer Laurence Bowen. It starred Lydia Leonard, who worked with Hogg on Archipelago and Bertie Carvel.[15]

Gallery curationEdit

In October 2015 Hogg co-curated the retrospective exhibition of film maker Chantal Akerman's installation work, "Chantal Akerman NOW", at the Ambika P3 Gallery. This was the culmination of a two-year-long retrospective of Akerman's work she had programmed with Adam Roberts, with whom she founded the cinema collective A Nos Amours in 2011. The collective is "dedicated to programming over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema".[16] In an interview, Hogg said that 'A new generation is growing up who actually don't know the work of directors like Tarkovsky', as a major motivation behind establishing the collective.[17]

Influences and styleEdit

Hogg's style is influenced by European and Asian directors such as Eric Rohmer and Yasujirō Ozu, using extended takes and minimal camera movement.[18] She takes the unusual approach of casting a mixture of actors and non-professional actors in her films, such as the landscape painter Christopher Baker in Archipelago. Her depiction of unarguably middle-class characters has prompted some commentators to see her work as spearheading a new type of social realism in British film.[19][20]

In an interview with Vogue in 2021, Hogg mentioned women directors Chloe Zhao and Mia Hansen-Løve as two friends and inspirations for her productions.[12]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1986 Caprice Yes Yes No Short film
2007 Unrelated Yes Yes No
2010 Archipelago Yes Yes No
2013 Exhibition Yes Yes No
2019 The Souvenir Yes Yes Yes
2021 The Souvenir Part II Yes Yes Yes
2022 The Eternal Daughter Yes Yes Yes


Awards and nominationsEdit

Association Year Work Category Result Ref.
Bergen International Film Festival 2019 Cinema Extraordinare Award The Souvenir Nominated [21]
Berlin International Film Festival 2019 Panorama Award The Souvenir Nominated [22]
British Independent Film Awards 2019 Best British Independent Film The Souvenir Nominated [23]
Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2021 Best British Independent Film The Souvenir: Part II Nominated [14]
Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards 2015 Best Director Archipelago Nominated [24]
Cinema Eye Honors 2020 Heterodox Award The Souvenir Won [25]
2022 The Souvenir: Part II Pending [26]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle 2019 Best Screenplay The Souvenir Nominated [27]
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 Best British Feature Film The Souvenir Nominated [28]
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2009 Most Promising Newcomer Unrelated Won [29]
2011 Best Film Archipelago Nominated [30]
Best Documentary Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2020 Best International Film The Souvenir Nominated [31]
Gotham Awards 2021 Best International Feature The Souvenir: Part II Nominated [13]
HCA Midseason Awards 2019 Best Female Director The Souvenir Nominated [32]
Locarno Film Festival 2013 Golden Leopard Exhibition Nominated [33]
London Film Critics' Circle 2008 Breakthrough British Filmmaker Unrelated Nominated [34]
2019 Screenwriter of the Year The Souvenir Nominated [34]
2021 Director of the Year The Souvenir: Part II Pending [35]
London Film Festival 2007 International Critics Award Unrelated Won [36]


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  2. ^ "The 50 best films of 2021". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. 3 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  3. ^ Nick Roddick "Joanna Hogg is darling of film critics", Evening Standard, 22 September 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b Roger Clarke "Talent issue - the film director: Joanna Hogg", The Independent, 29 December 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2010
  5. ^ "100 best films of the noughties: Nos 11-100", The Guardian, 18 December 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  6. ^ Leo Barraclough "Artificial Eye nabs 'Archipelago'", Variety, 17 September 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  7. ^ Peter Bradshaw, "Exhibition review – Joanna Hogg creates a masterful cinematic enigma" The Guardian, 24 April 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  8. ^ "A Bigger Canvas with Martin Scorsese & Joanna Hogg". A24. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  9. ^ Debruge, Peter (28 November 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (3 December 2018). "A24 Acquires Joanna Hogg's Sundance-Bound 'The Souvenir'". Deadline. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
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  13. ^ a b Lewis, Hilary (21 October 2021). "Gotham Awards: 'The Lost Daughter,' 'Passing' Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  14. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (3 November 2021). "'Belfast,' 'Boiling Point' Lead BIFA Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  15. ^ "The Dreaming Child review, BBC Radio 4, 2015". The Stage. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  16. ^ A Nos Amours
  17. ^ An Interview With A Nos Amours Joanna Hogg Adam Roberts
  18. ^ Antonio Pasolini "Joanna Hogg", salon, 18 September 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  19. ^ Nick Roddick "A Question of Class", Sight & Sound, March 2011
  20. ^ [1] The Guardian, 25 February 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  21. ^ "Bergen International Film Festival 2019". MUBI. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  22. ^ "69th Berlin International Film Festival February 07- 17, 2019". Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  23. ^ "Armando Iannucci's David Copperfield leads Bifa nominations". 30 October 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  24. ^ "21st Annual Awards, March 22, 2015". Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  25. ^ Lewis, Hilary (7 January 2020). "Cinema Eye Honors: 'American Factory,' 'Apollo 11' Top Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  26. ^ Grobar, Matt (10 November 2021). "'Flee' & 'Summer Of Soul' Lead Cinema Eye Honors Nominations". Deadline. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  27. ^ "The 2019 Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) Winners". 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  28. ^ "Highlights from the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival". Edinburgh Festivals. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  29. ^ "Hunger named best picture at Evening Standard British Film awards". the Guardian. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  30. ^ "Evening Standard British Film Awards for 2011 - SHORTLIST REVEALED". 10 April 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  31. ^ Lewis, Hilary (21 November 2019). "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Uncut Gems,' 'The Lighthouse' Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  32. ^ "The 2nd Annual LAOFCS Midseason Film Awards Nominations – Hollywood Critics Association". Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  33. ^ "2013". Locarno Film Festival. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  34. ^ a b Child, Ben (19 December 2008). "Slumdog Millionaire leads London critics' nominations". The Guardian.
  35. ^ Yossman, K.J. (16 December 2021). "Female Filmmakers Shine at London Critics' Circle Film Awards With Nominations for Jane Campion, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Joanna Hogg". Variety. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  36. ^ "London film festival 2007 | Features | Film". Retrieved 3 January 2022.

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