St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

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St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
St trinians.jpg
British release poster
Directed by Oliver Parker
Barnaby Thompson
Produced by Oliver Parker
Barnaby Thompson
Screenplay by Piers Ashworth
Nick Moorcroft
Based on St Trinian's
by Ronald Searle
Starring Rupert Everett
Colin Firth
David Tennant
Talulah Riley
Sarah Harding
Tamsin Egerton
Music by Charlie Mole
Cinematography David Higgs
Edited by Emma E. Hickox
Production
company
Ealing Studios
Fragile Films
Distributed by Entertainment Film Distributors
Release date
  • 18 December 2009 (2009-12-18)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £7,088,097[1]

St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold is a 2009 British adventure comedy film directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson, both of who directed the previous film in the series.[2] It is the seventh in a long running series of films based on the works of cartoonist Ronald Searle, and the second film produced since the franchise was rebooted in 2007.

A sequel, St Trinian's 3: Battle of the Sexes, has been in development since 2009, but has yet to be produced as of 2017.

Plot[edit]

One night, the girls of St. Trinian's catch Celia, a member of the eco sect, retrieving an old ring from the school's Fritton Archives, who explains that an unknown man telephoned her to retrieve it for him in exchange for £20,000. Seeking to get more, Annabelle Fritton, the new head girl, demands £100,000 from the man when he calls back, only for him to refuse and threaten the girls for their greed. When the school's power is cut, the girls ask their headmistress, Camilla Fritton, about why the ring might be so valuable.

Camilla recognises the ring as one of two created by a pirate ancestor of hers in 1589, which when brought together can lead the way to a buried treasure hidden somewhere in the world. Shortly after learning this, the school is besieged by masked men led by Sir Piers Pomfrey, a man of flawless reputation and a descendant of the man that was robbed by Camilla's pirate ancestor, who steals the ring with the intention of finding the treasure.

Seeking to stop him, the girls search for the second ring and find a clue left by another ancestor who located the first and left it in the archives. After a difficult time deciphering a clue they left, the girls find it to be hidden within a boy's school, leaving a group to infiltrate it in disguise and recover it. Seeking to recover the first, the girls learn that Piers is the leader of a secret society known as AD1, a masculinist brotherhood, and that Camilla's old flame and former head of education, Geoffrey Thwaites, knows about him and the society.

After tracking him down at a pub, Camilla convinces him to help them, whereupon she puts him through a course to help him overcome his need for drink, and assigns him to work undercover at AD1's hideout, with Annabelle calling in the former head girl Kelly, now an M.I.7 agent, to assist in the recovery of the ring. Despite the girls not finding it in the vault, Geoffrey spots it being worn by Piers and manages to steal it from him, returning it back to St. Trinian's.

Finding that the two rings bear longitude and latitude coordinates respectively on them, the girls find that the treasure is buried under the Globe Theatre. After organising a flash mob to keep AD1 from pursuing them, after Piers learns they recovered the first ring, Camilla, Geoffrey, the school's bursar, Annabelle and a small group of the girls make it to the theatre, and while the girls head underneath the building, Camilla and Geoffrey pose as actors they knocked out to avoid raising an alarm.

Although the girls make it to the treasure's location within a secret room, they discover a chest within containing nothing more than a note from Pirate Fritton, who gave up being a pirate to write plays under the name of William Shakespeare, and that the treasure was the final play he wrote intended to reveal that "he" was a woman. Piers, managing to track them down, holds them at gunpoint and steals the play from them, revealing that his ancestors knew this fact and that he had always intended to find the play and destroy it. The girls watch as he flees the scene on his private boat.

Seeking to stop him, the girls take control of the reconstruction of the Golden Hind and sail it down the Thames, whereupon they attack Pier's boat, with Camilla recovering the play's script from him. The girls soon return to St. Trinian's for a wild party to celebrate their success, while Piers is exposed for being a sexist after AD1 is revealed to the media.

Cast[edit]

Talulah Riley during filming in August 2009

Production[edit]

Principal photography started in July 2009, at Ealing Studios and on location in various places in London, including the Globe Theatre and on (and in) the River Thames. The 'Old Boys School' was filmed at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey and the boys choir was the Guildford Cathedral Choir.[3] On 16 August 2009, hundreds of extras, along with the main characters, filmed a mass dance scene in the style of a flash mob at London's Liverpool Street Station.

The manor house used as the girls school is Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.

Release[edit]

It was announced at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold was to be released on 18 December 2009.[4]

Box office[edit]

It opened at #2 in the United Kingdom, just behind James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic Avatar, with debut week end box office figures of £1,586,832.[5] As of 10 February 2010, the film has grossed a total of £7,019,714 in the United Kingdom, considerably lower than the first instalment's £12,280,529. It still turned out to be the fourth biggest hit of the 2009 Christmas season, beaten only by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, and Avatar.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, holding a 10% 'rotten' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Home media[edit]

The region 2 DVD of the film was released on 24 May 2010.[7] A region 1 DVD release occurred on 23 March 2011.

Cancelled sequel[edit]

In December 2009, it was confirmed that there will be a St Trinian's 3: Battle of the Sexes.[8] There was also a competition held in 2010, for the chance for a girl to have a walk on role in the film. As of January 2017, no cast confirmation has been confirmed, for the third instalment. It has been assumed the film is cancelled.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Box Office: 12 – 14 March 2010". UK Film Council. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  2. ^ Balls, David (25 May 2009). "Harding 'to star in St Trinian's sequel'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Harding Addicts: Guildford Cathedral Choir performs in new St. Trinian's film". Sarahhardingaddicts.blogspot.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ Parker, Oliver; Thompson, Barnaby (18 December 2009). "St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold". Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "'Avatar' soars to UK box office top spot – Movies News". Digital Spy. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold at Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ http://www.sttriniansmovie.co.uk/
  8. ^ [1] Archived 16 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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