In the early 1980s, the young Joanna Hogg was working as a photographer’s assistant in central London, including helping produce images of actors for casting-industry bible “Spotlight”. The Super-8 experimental films of avant-garde maestro Derek Jarman (1942-1994) opened her eyes to the potential of the moving image, and when Hogg bumped into the director of JUBILEE, CARAVAGGIO and THE LAST OF ENGLAND in a Soho patisserie, she asked if she could work with him. Jarman loaned her one of his “Nizo” brand Super-8 cameras to make experimental shorts of her own, and the first of these, PAPER, paved Hogg’s way to enrolling at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). These rarely-exhibited works provide fascinating glimpses of a singular talent in delicate embryo. In Selina Robertson’s phrase, “Hogg’s cultural filmmaking roots can be linked to Jarman, Chris Petit and Patrick Keiller rather than the heritage cinema of CHARIOTS OF FIRE or NOTTING HILL.” (Neil Young)
Born in London in 1960, Joanna Hogg resides and works in the United Kingdom’s capital. She studied at the National Film & Television School in Buckinghamshire, where her graduation film, CAPRICE (1986), starred “Matilda” (a.k.a. Tilda) Swinton in a very early screen appearance for the future Oscar-winner. Hogg also worked in photography, experimental film and music video, and her television work in the 1990s included episodes of the popular series LONDON'S BURNING, CASUALTY and LONDON BRIDGE, plus the stand-alone EASTENDERS special DOT'S STORY (2003). In 2007, her debut feature UNRELATED (2007), set in Tuscany and featuring Tom Hiddleston in his big-screen debut, premiered at the London Film Festival, winning the international critics' FIPRESCI award. Her 2010 follow-up ARCHIPELAGO, set on the Scilly Isles off the Cornish coast, received three nominations - Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Hiddleston) – at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. In 2013, her third film EXHIBITION (2013) competed for the Golden Leopard at Locarno, and her work was showcased in the Emerging Artist sidebar of the 51st New York Film Festival.