Last Night In Soho

Audio Describing 'Last Night in Soho'

Last Night in Soho is a British psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg. The film tells the story of a young fashion student, Eloise Turner, who moves to London where she is haunted by vivid dreams that transport her back to the 1960’s, where she encounters wannabe singer Sandie.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this film, as this is the kind of film that I would choose to watch in my spare time, due to the gripping storyline and amazing acting throughout. Even though I usually watch horror scenes whilst partially covering my face with a blanket, or anything else I can get my hands on, as you can imagine I was not able to this time round.

My process of audio describing the film began with watching it all the way through whilst making notes. This was especially helpful due to the constant back and forth between the 1960’s and present day and helped prepare me for those hair-raising scenes. I then re-watched the film again, using my notes as reference to begin scripting. At times this film was challenging to script, due to the many subtle visual references throughout the film and a restricted time to describe them in between dialogue and suspenseful music.

Due to the film featuring an array of nostalgic 1960’s fashion, music and old London landmarks such as the Café de Paris which the filmmakers restored to its former sixties glory, I was anxious to ensure that the immense attention to detail and phenomenal visual effects were translated in my description, allowing the audience to experience this dark thrilling journey back to the 60’s.

Whilst voicing this film, I found it was key to change my tone during various scenes, ensuring to compliment the opposing themes throughout. For example, a scene where an excited Eloise makes her way to London, in comparison to the turmoil of Eloise’s dreams of the past eventually turning into something more sinister.

Last Night In Soho has a brilliant soundtrack which you will find yourself singing along to and a plot that keeps you on your toes. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out this dark thriller on Sky Cinema Premiere.

By Tyra Cooper, Audio Describer