All the best moments in film from Soho House in 2022
As the year comes to an end, our Group Film and Entertainment Director, Jo Addy, reflects on her highlights from the past 12 months
Monday 12 December 2022 By Jo Addy
It’s been quite the year for Hollywood, with many memorable moments along the way. Some have celebrated our Soho House members and their work, others have taken place across events we’ve partnered with or hosted at our Houses. And then we’ve had the annual highlights from the world of cinema, from Cannes Film Festival to the Oscars®.
Here, our Group Film and Entertainment Director, Jo Addy, names the biggest highlights in the on-screen world in 2022, including the best screenings at our Houses, the best performances, and the Academy award wins for our members.
The 2022 Oscars® were certainly memorable, I loved being at the Dolby Theatre seeing our members pick up a few gold statues for CODA – Best Picture, Soho House member Fabrice Gianfermi; The Eyes Of Tammy Faye – Best Actress, Soho House member Jessica Chastain; Summer Of Soul – Best Documentary Feature, Soho House members Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and Joseph Patel; Encanto – Best Animated Feature, Jared Bush; Dune – Best Original Score, Hans Zimmer; The Queen Of Basketball – Best Documentary Short, Soho House member Ben Proudfoot, and The Long Goodbye – Best Live Action Short Film, Soho House member Riz Ahmed.
Cannes Film Festival
After many Zooms and not seeing each other in real life, I got to meet up with our group of programmers from the EU Houses at the Cannes Film Festival. It is our job to bring the best of cinema to our cinema programme, and the Cannes line-up was fantastic this year. Triangle Of Sadness, Elvis, Decision To Leave, Armageddon Time and Close were a few of my favourites. And I was most excited and nostalgic for the return of Top Gun, which didn’t disappoint – Top Gun: Maverick brought back the much-needed boost to the box office.
It’s been amazing to connect with so many of our House Foundations fellows working in film, and this summer I got to meet the filmmakers from the Academy’s Film Accelerator Programme. After completing a five-week business education programme in Los Angeles, we invited them to join Soho House and they are now part of our communities in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, and New York. Look out for their films in the 2023 cinema programme.
Tribeca Film Festival
Soho House Shorts 2021 winner Kasey Elise Walker had her world premiere of Hoop Dreams at the Tribeca Film Festival and we hosted an event at Soho House New York. Favourites from the festival that screened at the Houses are Official Competition, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, and Halftime.
Screenings and events
Usually, the demand for member screenings is off the charts for Star Wars or Marvel movies starring either Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. But this year, I think it’s safe to say that the most sought-after seats were for Don’t Worry Darling – maybe it was something to do with all the press surrounding the director and cast.
We hosted Queue global screenings of The Wonder, The Swimmers, Bardo, False Chronicles Of A Handful Of Truths, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Q&As in London with Soho House members Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse) and Emma Corrin (Lady Chatterley’s Lover). Over EMMYS weekend, we hosted a Q&A with the director and cast of Squid Game in Los Angeles.
In November at Soho Works West Hollywood, we hosted a conversation between
Luca Guadagnino (Bones And All) and James Gray (Armageddon Time), which was a very entertaining and insightful 45 minutes about filmmaking.
2022 films have brought some outstanding talent to the big screen with Soho House member Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, Austin Butler as Elvis, Soho House member Olivia Colman as the cinema manager in Empire Of Light, Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Colin Farrell in After Yang and The Banshees Of Inisherin, Bill Nighy and Aimee-Lou Wood in Living, Danielle Deadwyler in Till and the entire cast of Women Talking – Soho House member Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara, Soho House member Frances McDormand, Michelle McLeod, and Ben Whishaw.
2022 also brought us a strong year for international films, and my favourites that we screened are RRR, Broker, Corsage and Holy Spider.
Soho House cinema programmers: Mercedes Martinez, Amsterdam; Javier Garcia, Barcelona and Rome; Julia Brandmann, Berlin; Andree Sham, Hong Kong; Gulin Ustun, Istanbul; Olpha Ben Salah, Paris; Paloma Joseph, Mumbai; Lisa Ogdie, North America; Toby King, UK.
To see our programme of screenings at the Houses, click here.