Could you draw Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here?

Enter our latest creative brief, inspired by Lynne Ramsay’s visceral thriller.

Little White Lies

Joaquin Phoenix is an actor of rare intelligence and intensity, and his latest performance in Lynne Ramsay’s sensational thriller You Were Never Really Here is arguably his most powerful to date. To celebrate the release of what we’ve described as “a perfectly-crafted visceral experience” in UK cinemas on Friday 9 March, we’re setting a new creative brief – with some amazing prizes up for grabs…

The Brief

For this brief, we’d like you to send us an original illustrated portrait of Joaquin Phoenix as his character in the film. Your entry can be as simple or as intricate as you like, but it must incorporate at least one of the following colours:

To help get you started, we’ve embedded the official UK trailer and quad poster below. Here’s the official synopsis: A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.

The Prize

Five winners, as chosen by our in-house design team, will receive a t-shirt, signed film poster, a copy of the soundtrack and Jonathan Ames’ source novel, and two tickets to see You Were Never Really Here at a cinema of their choice. The winning entries will also be displayed at London’s Curzon Soho in the week of the film’s release.

One overall winner will receive all of the above, plus two tickets to a special Q&A screening with Lynne Ramsay at Picturehouse Central on Friday 9 March (6.30pm).

How to Enter

All entries must be produced at A3 portrait (297 x 420 mm) size. Submit your design with the subject line ‘You Were Never Really Here creative brief’ to The deadline for entries is midnight on Thursday 1 March.

You can also send us your entry via Twitter or Instagram by tagging @LWLies, but be sure to email us a hi-res version of your entry as well. Please remember to include your full name so we know who to credit. Good luck!

**This competition has now closed. To view the winners head to**

Terms & Conditions

1. Competition open to residents of UK aged 15 years or over, with the exception of those related to employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. Proof of age may be required.
2. Entries must be received on before midnight GMT on Thursday 1 March. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
3. Of the entries received before the deadline one overall winner will be selected.
4. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
5. The prize for five winners is a t-shirt, signed poster, soundtrack, book, and two tickets to see You Were Never Really Here. The winning entries will also be displayed at Curzon Soho in the week of the film’s release. One overall winner will receive this plus two tickets to a special Q&A screening with Lynne Ramsay at Picturehouse Central on Friday 9 March (6.30pm).
6. The winner will be notified via email.
7. To obtain details of the winners please email stating the name of the prize, and the subject line ‘You Were Never Really Here creative brief’ four weeks after the closing date.
8. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this prize draw.
9. All work must be entirely original and the entrant’s own.
10. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter is The Church of London, 71a Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS.

Published 16 Feb 2018

Tags: Joaquin Phoenix Lynne Ramsay

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