Musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor has responded to the inclusion of her 2001 hit "Murder On The Dancefloor" in the finale of the 2023 film Saltburn. The movie, recently released on Amazon Prime, features a pivotal scene where the main character dances nude to her early 2000s hit song. Sophie has now shared her reaction to the closing scenes, showcasing her song prominently alongside actor Barry Keoghan's nudity.
The movie centers on Oliver Quick, portrayed by Keoghan, navigating his challenges fitting in at Oxford University. His story takes a turn when he develops a connection with aristocrat Felix Catton, played by Jacob Elordi.
Felix extends an invitation to Oliver to spend an unforgettable summer at his family's estate, Saltburn. The movie concludes with a scene of Oliver dancing naked through a field after he has dismantled the Catton family and claimed ownership of their entire estate.
In a recent interview, Bextor expressed, "Reading it on paper as a concept is quite different. I mean, Barry really gave it his all. And it's like, the entire song!"
She further commented, "Whenever your music is used, you receive a brief synopsis. This synopsis detailed how the character would be dancing, but I didn't have much context. I've got a rather quirky sense of humor, so I thought I have to see how this unfolds. I didn't fully comprehend its role in the film until I watched it during the screening, but I absolutely adored it... I find it incredibly clever, funny, and astute for a film."
The film garnered a significant following during the Christmas holidays, although some viewers have admitted feeling 'traumatized' by certain steamy moments. Writer and director Emerald Fennell stepped forward to alleviate fans' concerns, acknowledging that many were left 'scarred' by the bathtub scene, and discussed her choice to conclude the movie with Keoghan's naked dance.
Saltburn can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.