Lucky is a young woman who embarks on an Oz-style adventure into the dreamworld of Caprice, her favorite fashion magazine. Joanna Hogg’s graduation film, starring a then-unknown 26-year-old Tilda Swinton stretches away from the minimalism that would define her later career. A Technicolor surreal dream paying homage to the legendary Powell & Pressburger’s Red Shoes and cheekily crossing paths with the glam and stardust of its time, in a cartoonish blend of comic touches and posh postures. A zany and zippy journey that delves into the depths of the 80s pop and fashion culture.
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Direction: Joanna Hogg
Script: David Gale, Joanna Hogg
Cinematography: David Tattersall
Editing: Nick Thompson
Sound: Ronald Bailey
Music: Robert Parnell, Nigel Lyne
Actors: Tilda Swinton, Bruce Payne, Marty Cruickshank, Helen Cooper, Darlene Johnson, Anthony Higgins
Producers: Joanna Hogg
Sets: Tom Cairns
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: UK
Production Year: 1986
Duration: 27΄

Joanna Hogg

Joanna Hogg began to incessantly shoot experimental Super 8 films after borrowing a camera from her mentor Derek Jarman. She went on to study direction at the National School of Film and Television and her graduation piece Caprice starred a then-unknown Tilda Swinton. Hogg’s 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. In 2019, the Thessaloniki IFF presented a tribute to her work.


1986 Caprice (short)
2003 EastEnders: Dot’s Story (TV)
2007 Unrelated
2010 Archipelago
2013 Exhibition
2019 The Souvenir
2021 The Souvenir – Part II