The groove is set to continue as British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes her 2001 dance-pop hit, “Murder on the Dancefloor,” to the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards.
As first reported by Variety, Ellis-Bextor will perform at the biggest night in British film on February 18th at London’s Royal Festival Hall in Southbank.
The early 2000s jam is most recently known as part of the concluding scene from Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, which sparked a viral TikTok sensation and caused it to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 22 years after its first release and. The scene in question features a naked Barry Keoghan in a prolonged dance sequence with the disco-tinged score leading the way.
In her Saltburn review, Consequence’s Liz Shannon Miller praised the scene as having “an ugly sort of catharsis” as Oliver (Keoghan) emerges through tragedy and triumph as the last one standing. Noting that although the scene probably would’ve still been effective had Oliver only stripped down to his scivvies, nudity played an important role. “Not only does it make the sequence just that more over-the-top, in a manner befitting everything else that’s come before, but the full effect is exactly the sort of desecration one might crave, in these eat-the-rich times,” Miller continued. Check out the full review here.
The 77th British Academy Film Awards will air on February 18th with host David Tennant. Saltburn is up for five awards; acting nods for Keoghan (Best Actor), Jacob Elordi (Best Supporting Actor), and Rosamund Pike (Best Supporting Actress), as well as Best Original Score and Best British Film.