“Mudbound,” a historical drama about a black and white family living in an impoverished section of the Deep South, debuted to raves and standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival. Previous Best Picture winners such as “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” have boosted their Oscar campaigns after enjoying a warm reception from Toronto crowds.
Despite already having a world premiere, it will be screened as part of the gala events. Not every film benefits from a trip North, however.
Her parents are opera singers who raised her in a flat in Earl’s Court before she won a scholarship to Badminton School, in Bristol.
From there she went to Wadham College, Oxford, temping to pay her way and avoid getting into debt.
Given that Atonement is only the second feature film Wright has directed (the first was his version of Pride and Prejudice, with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet), it seems he has come very far, very fast.
Yet he has a different view."It doesn't feel that way," he says.
Critics who have seen Atonement have reacted with breathless superlatives, and its showing at Venice and subsequent release will almost certainly catapult Wright into the ranks of world-class film directors.
Next Wednesday evening, the eyes of the entire film world will focus on English director Joe Wright.
To the incessant flash of photographers' clicking cameras, he will stroll along a red carpet into the imposing Palazzo del Cinema in Venice and enter its auditorium, where the whole room will rise to applaud him.
She said: “I have a very clever partner who’s got a very astute mind and is very, very well read and articulate and ruthless about how something I do might play out on screen.
My tendency is to identify with a character and imagine there is more on the page than there is.