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Casualty: Love's Labour / Eastenders: Dot's Story

Casualty: Love's Labour / Eastenders: Dot's Story

The world’s longest-running emergency-medical drama serial, CASUALTY has been a hugely popular part of the BBC's broadcasting schedules since it first appeared in 1986: more than 900 fifty-minute episodes have been aired so far. LOVE'S LABOUR chronicles yet another hectic period for the staff and patients at the main hospital of Holby City, a fictional British metropolis whose residents seem eerily – and entertainingly – prone to calamitous mishaps. Hogg's contribution to EASTENDERS, the BBC’s flagship, London-set soap-opera, was by contrast a one-off special: DOT'S STORY provides an illuminating “bridge” between the two major phases of Hogg’s career, following much-loved elderly gossip Dot (June Brown) as she revisits the Welsh village to which she'd been evacuated during World War II. Making elaborate use of flashbacks, this is by some way the most formally adventurous of Hogg’s television works – with, at its core, a truly moving performance by Brown, whose Dot Cotton (a.k.a. Dot Branning) is now widely acknowledged as one of the greatest and most beloved characters in UK small-screen history. (Neil Young)

Born in London in 1960, Joanna Hogg resides and works in the United Kingdom’s capital. She studied at the National Film & Television School in Buckinghamshire, where her graduation film, CAPRICE (1986), starred “Matilda” (a.k.a. Tilda) Swinton in a very early screen appearance for the future Oscar-winner. Hogg also worked in photography, experimental film and music video, and her television work in the 1990s included episodes of the popular series LONDON'S BURNING, CASUALTY and LONDON BRIDGE, plus the stand-alone EASTENDERS special DOT'S STORY (2003). In 2007, her debut feature UNRELATED (2007), set in Tuscany and featuring Tom Hiddleston in his big-screen debut, premiered at the London Film Festival, winning the international critics' FIPRESCI award. Her 2010 follow-up ARCHIPELAGO, set on the Scilly Isles off the Cornish coast, received three nominations - Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Hiddleston) – at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. In 2013, her third film EXHIBITION (2013) competed for the Golden Leopard at Locarno, and her work was showcased in the Emerging Artist sidebar of the 51st New York Film Festival.

Tribute 2014

Joanna Hogg

Great Britain 1997–2003
digital from 16mm
110 minutes
EF