Emerald Fennell Directs Barry Keoghan on the Cover of W MAGAZINE’s Directors Issue

Posted on February 21, 2024


W MAGAZINE released the first of three covers for its latest issue, Volume 2, The Directors Issue, featuring Barry Keoghan in “Lucky for You I’m a Vampire” directed by Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell. Each year, The Director’s Issue highlights and celebrates some of the greatest and most talked about films from the past 12 months.







Emerald Fennell talks about the inspiration for the cover shoot: “Oliver says, ‘Lucky for you, I’m a vampire.’ Because Barry’s so theatrical and such an amazing physical performer, I wanted to make that literal and have him as a vampire living his everyday life in London, which means reading Twilight, watching old Hammer horror films, and going to the supermarket in armor and a balaclava so that he doesn’t get burned to a crisp.”

Barry Keoghan on his final scene dancing to Murder on the Dance Floor: “I didn’t know I could do something like that, and to see it play back on-screen gave me a massive amount of confidence. So maybe there’s something down that route I can take.”

Fennell on her vision for how audiences would watch Saltburn: “We did say before Saltburn came out on Amazon Prime that everyone should watch it with their families…What’s so fun and disconcerting about the movie, whether you’re watching in the theater or at home, is that your mum is squirming with embarrassment—or maybe she thinks it’s really hot.”

Fennell on her approach to directing: “The thing for me is, if you want to make stuff that’s close to the bone, that’s outrageous and fun and camp and silly, you need to create a space where people feel like they’re safe, that they’re not being shoved off a cliff and that we’re all doing it together. If Barry had changed his mind and said, ‘I don’t want the dance scene at the end to be in the movie,’ I would have got rid of it, because consent is ongoing and everyone has a say. But that’s why Barry’s remarkable. He wants to be at the sharp end, always. He only finds it interesting there, and that’s how I feel too.”

Keoghan explains his recent fashion decisions and how they express more than style: “Certain clothes can change your whole posture…What you wear represents what you’re trying to express. The Louis Vuitton suit had this punk rock thing to it, and that opens doors for people to have a vision of you in a movie that they might not have had before. They’re like, ‘Oh! Maybe he could play that part!’”

Directed by Emerald Fennell
Written by Alex Hawgood
Styled by Allia Alliata Di Montereale

Director of photography: Will Grundy TK
Hair by Matt Mulhall for Oribe at Streeters
Makeup by Ana Takahashi for Victoria Beckham Beauty at Art Partner
Manicure by Saffron Goddard for Chanel
Set design by Miguel Bento at CLM

[Photo Credit:  W Magazine]

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