Joanna Hogg and Tilda Swinton to reunite for ghost story The Eternal Daughter
by David Katz
- The long-term collaborators shot the film in secret late last year; it is being produced by Ireland’s Element Pictures, BBC Film and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions
After shooting, finishing and premiering The Human Voice with Pedro Almodóvar late last year, Tilda Swinton is clearly setting an example for staying productive during the COVID-19 era. The Eternal Daughter, her latest collaboration with British great Joanna Hogg, has just been announced, with A24 taking world rights in advance of next month’s EFM.
With filming having wrapped in December last year in Wales, under COVID-secure guidelines, the project gives Swinton a headlining role for Hogg, after her supporting turns in The Souvenir [+see also:
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Suggesting a turn towards the gothic for Hogg, the film, billed as a “ghost story” and a “mystery-drama”, will follow the story of a middle-aged daughter (Swinton) and her elderly mother, who must confront long-buried secrets when they return to their former family home, a once-grand manor that has become a nearly vacant hotel.
Other actors in the cast include Joseph Mydell, Carly-Sophia Davies and Alfie Sankey-Green. Hogg has traditionally cast first-time actors (like Swinton’s own daughter, Honor Swinton-Byrne, in The Souvenir) and non-professionals alongside experienced names in her films.
The Eternal Daughter is being produced by Ed Guiney, Eimhear McMahon and Emma Norton for Ireland’s Element Pictures (The Favourite [+see also:
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Hogg’s next film, The Souvenir: Part II, is already completed and is expected to premiere at one of this year’s major festivals.