|Directed by|| Oliver Parker |
|Screenplay by||Piers Ashworth|
|Based on|| St. Trinian's School |
by Ronald Searle
|Produced by||Oliver Parker|
|Edited by||Alex Mackie|
|Music by||Charlie Mole|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Film Distributors|
|Box office||$29.1 million|
St Trinian's is a 2007 British comedy film and the sixth in a long-running series of British films based on the works of cartoonist Ronald Searle set in St Trinian's School. The first five films form a series,[ citation needed ] starting with The Belles of St. Trinian's in 1954, with sequels in 1957, 1960, 1966 and a reboot in 1980. The release of 2007, 27 years after the last entry, and 53 years after the first film, is a rebooting of the franchise, rather than a direct sequel, with certain plot elements borrowed from the first film.
Whereas the earlier films concentrated on the adults, this film gives the school pupils greater prominence. St Trinian's is an anarchic school for uncontrollable girls run by eccentric headmistress Camilla Dagey Fritton (the reboot continues the tradition, established by Alastair Sim in the original film, of casting a male actor to play the female headmistress, with Rupert Everett inheriting the role).
St Trinian's received mixed reviews but remains one of the highest-grossing British independent films of the last thirty years.
Annabelle Fritton, an uptight daddy's girl, unwillingly transfers to St Trinian's from the distinguished Cheltenham Ladies' College at the request of her father, Carnaby Fritton. Annabelle is resentful and insulting, telling her father that the school is "like Hogwarts for pikeys". She is taken around the school by Kelly Jones, the head girl, who introduces her to the various cliques within the school.
Annabelle is harassed and pranked by the girls while in the shower and a video of her running around the school naked and wet is broadcast live on the internet. After a phone argument with her father she is drafted to the hockey team when she hits her phone with her hockey stick, smashing a statue. The girls of St Trinian's are involved in business with spiv Flash Harry, who pays them to make cheap vodka. Flash is shown to be romantically interested in Kelly, who initially turns him down.
The Cheltenham Ladies' College hockey team arrive at St Trinian's, along with Education Minister Geoffrey Thwaites. Thwaites is shown to have romantic history with the headmistress of St Trinian's, Camilla Fritton. Annabelle is forced to face her former bullies, including captain Verity Thwaites. The hockey match is violent, ending in Kelly shooting a winning goal for St Trinian's, and she begins to fit in with the other girls. As the match is being played, Thwaites inspects the school, finding the illegal vodka-making business and the chatline being run by the Posh Totty clique.
The following morning, a banker arrives at the school and serves Camilla with a foreclosure notice, as the school owes the bank in excess of £500,000 and has ignored six previous final demands. A subsequent meeting between Camilla and Carnaby is watched by the girls using hidden cameras, in which Carnaby confesses his distaste towards his daughter. Annabelle is clearly upset, despite Camilla defending her. Carnaby encourages Camilla to turn the school into a boutique hotel, telling her that "when this school closes down, you'll have lost everything. More importantly, so will I."
Kelly and Flash work with the students to devise a plan to save the school. They must get into the final of School Challenge, a TV quiz show held in the National Gallery in London, as a cover for stealing Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring . Chelsea, Peaches and Chloe (the Posh Totty clique) are chosen as the School Challenge Team. By cheating in every round, they make it to the grand final. As the final is being filmed, Kelly, Taylor and Andrea steal the painting, with help from the Geeks, Annabelle and Camilla herself.
Camilla paints an exact copy of the painting and has Flash, posing as a German art dealer, sell it to Carnaby in a black market deal. The school then receives a further £50,000 reward for returning the real painting to the National Gallery. The loans are able to be repaid and the school is saved.
The members of Girls Aloud (Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle and Cheryl) all make cameo appearances as the members of St Trinian's school band in the film. Zöe Salmon also makes a cameo as an emo girl, while Nathaniel Parker, the director's real life brother, makes a short appearance as the Chairman of the National Gallery. Newscaster Jeremy Thompson also briefly appears, as himself.
The film's score was composed by Charlie Mole.
| Soundtrack album by |
|Released||10 December 2007|
|Label||Universal Music Group|
|St. Trinian's original soundtrack chronology|
|Singles from St. Trinian's: The Soundtrack|
The film's soundtrack was released on 10 December 2007 via Universal Music Group.The album featured two original songs by British pop group Girls Aloud, including the single, "Theme to St. Trinian's". A music video for the song was released to promote the film and soundtrack.
The film's cast also recorded the theme, as well as a cover of Shampoo's "Trouble". A music video of the cast performing "Trouble" was also released.Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, who star in the film, recorded the John Paul Young song "Love Is in the Air". A number of popular singles or current album tracks by artists, such as Mark Ronson, Lily Allen, Noisettes, Gabriella Cilmi, and Sugababes, were included on the soundtrack.
|1.||"Theme to St. Trinian's"||Girls Aloud||4:29|
|2.||"Trouble"||Cast of St Trinian's||3:33|
|3.||"Oh My God"||Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen||3:40|
|4.||"Love Is in the Air"||Rupert Everett and Colin Firth||3:50|
|5.||"Don't Give Up"||Noisettes||2:31|
|6.||"Nine2Five"||The Ordinary Boys vs. Lady Sovereign||3:04|
|7.||"If I Can't Dance"||Sophie Ellis-Bextor||3:24|
|8.||"Teenage Kicks"||Remi Nicole||2:27|
|10.||"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"||The Four Aces||2:59|
|11.||"3 Spoons of Suga"||Sugababes||3:51|
|12.||"On My Way to Satisfaction"||Girls Aloud||4:06|
|13.||"The St Trinian's School Song"||Cast of St Trinian's||3:47|
St Trinian's premiered in London on 10 December 2007 and was theatrically released on 21 December 2007 by Entertainment Film Distributors.
St Trinian's was released on DVD on 14 April 2008 by Entertainment in Video.
The film grossed £12,042,854 in the United Kingdom,surpassing its £7 million production budget. As of 18 July 2010 the film had grossed a worldwide total of $29,066,483. It was the fifth highest-grossing film during the Christmas season of 2007, behind Enchanted , I Am Legend , Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and The Golden Compass . It ranks in the top grossing independent British films of the past decade.
St Trinian's received mixed reviews. Empire wrote that the film "fuse[s] an understanding of what made the originals great with a modern feel – the writers have fulfilled their end of the bargain, even tweaking some of the weaker points of the original story."
The Observer wrote that it "is raucous, leering, crude and, to my mind, largely misjudged, with Rupert Everett playing Miss Fritton as a coquettish transvestite with the manners of a Mayfair madam. The attempts to shock us fail, though Cheltenham Ladies College may well be affronted to hear one of its teachers say 'between you and I'. But the preview was packed with girls aged from seven to 14 who found it hilarious, and especially enjoyed Russell Brand."
Derek Malcolm, in The Evening Standard , wrote: "Structurally, the new movie is a mess, and it doesn't look too convincing either, with cinematography that uses all sorts of old-fashioned dodges to raise a laugh", and "when you look at it again, the old film was not only superior but rather more radical. This St Trinian's looks as if it is aiming at the lowest common denominator, and finding it too often."
On the film-critics aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, St Trinian's holds a 31% positive rating, with the consensus "Both naughtier and campier than Ronald Searle's original postwar series, this St. Trinian's leans on high jinks instead of performances or witty dialogue."
|2007||Empire Award and National Movie Award||Best Comedy||St Trinian's||Nominated|
|Best Performance – Male||Colin Firth||Nominated|
|Best Performance – Male||Rupert Everett||Nominated|
|Best Performance – Female and Best Newcomer||Gemma Arterton||Nominated|
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