St Trinian's (film)

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St Trinian's
St Trinian's (2007 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Oliver Parker
Barnaby Thompson
Produced by Oliver Parker
Barnaby Thompson
Screenplay by Piers Ashworth
Nick Moorcroft
Additional material
Jamie Minoprio
Jonathan M. Stern
Based on St. Trinian's School 
by Ronald Searle
Starring Rupert Everett
Colin Firth
Russell Brand
Talulah Riley
Lena Headey
Gemma Arterton
Music by Charlie Mole
Cinematography Gavin Finney
Edited by Alex Mackie
Distributed by Entertainment Film Distributors
Release dates
  • 21 December 2007 (2007-12-21) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 October 2009 (2009-10-09) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
100 minutes (European cut)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £7 million (US$11.4 million)
Box office $29,066,483

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. The first five films form a series, starting with The Belles of St Trinian's in 1954, with sequels in 1957, 1960, 1966, and 1980. The 2007 release, coming 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).


Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley), an uptight daddy’s girl, unwillingly transfers to St Trinian’s from the distinguished Cheltenham Ladies’ College at her father’s (Rupert Everett) request. Annabelle is clearly different and doesn’t fit in, telling her father, Carnaby Fritton, that the school is “like Hogwarts for pikeys”. She is taken around the school by Kelly Jones (Gemma Arterton), the head girl, who introduces her to the various cliques within the school, including Emos, Chavs, Geeks and the First Years. On her first night at St Trinian’s, Annabelle calls her father and demands he pick her up immediately, following a series of pranks played on her by the other students, but her father dismisses her.

The girls of St Trinian’s are involved in business with Flash Harry (Russell Brand), as he 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 (Colin Firth). Thwaites is shown to have romantic history with the headmistress of St Trinian’s, Camilla Fritton (Rupert Everett). Annabelle is forced to face her former bullies, including captain Verity Thwaites (Lucy Punch). The hockey match is violent, ultimately ending in a brawl between the two schools. As the match is being played, Geoffrey 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 have 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, 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 manage to steal the painting, with help from the Geeks, as well as Annabelle and Camilla.

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 painting. 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 Fernandez-Versini) all make cameo appearances as the members of St Trinian's school band, and cameos in the film itself. Zöe Salmon also makes a cameo appearance 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.


St Trinian's premiered in London on 10 December 2007, and in wide release on 21 December 2007, it was then released in Australia on 27 March 2008, and in New Zealand on 17 April 2008. Other European releases were planned for Belgium on 9 July 2008, and Germany on 7 August 2008.[1][2] The film was given a limited release in North America on 9 October 2009.[citation needed] St Trinian's grossed £12,042,854 in the United Kingdom,[3] surpassing its £7 million production budget. As of 18 July 2010, the film had grossed a worldwide total of $29,066,483.[4] It was the fourth highest-grossing film during the 2007 Christmas season, behind Enchanted, I Am Legend and The Golden Compass. It ranks in the top grossing independent British films of the past decade.[5] The film was released on DVD in March 2008; and in the United States on 26 January 2010. The DVD was released in Canada on 11 August 2009.[6]


Rupert Everett was praised by critics for his performance.

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."[7] 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."[8] 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."[9] 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."[10]


St. Trinian's
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 10 December 2007 (2007-12-10)
Genre Pop, Dance-pop
Label Universal Music Group
St. Trinian's original soundtrack chronology
St. Trinian's: The Soundtrack
St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music (negative)[11]
Digital Spy (positive)[12] (3/10)[13]

The film's soundtrack was released on 10 December 2007, via Universal Music Group.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.

Track listing
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Theme to St. Trinian's"   Girls Aloud 4:29
2. "Trouble" (Shampoo cover) 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
9. "Sanctuary"   Gabriella Cilmi 3:29
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


It was announced at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that the sequel, The Legend of Fritton's Gold, also directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson, would be released in 2009.[18] Filming began on 6 July 2009,[19] and on 7 July 2009, it was announced that David Tennant, Sarah Harding and Montserrat Lombard had all signed on to appear in the sequel.[20]

In December 2009, it was announced that there will be a St Trinian's 3. However, As of August 2015, no cast confirmation or release date has been confirmed, for the third instalment.


  1. ^ Germany Release dates
  2. ^ New Zealand release date
  3. ^ UK Box office
  4. ^ St Trinian total box office
  5. ^ World Box Office Reports – Movie Ratings. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
  6. ^ New on DVD: St Trinian’s. Popjournalism.Ca (11 August 2009). Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
  7. ^ Sam Toy, Empire Magazine, Empire: Film Reviews, Movie News and Interviews. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
  8. ^ Philip French, The Observer, 23 December 2007.
  9. ^ 20 December 2007
  10. ^ St Trinian's at Rotten Tomatoes
  11. ^ BBC Music review
  12. ^ Digital Spy review
  13. ^ review
  14. ^ "St Trinians: Original Soundtrack". Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  15. ^ "St. Trinians [Soundtrack]". Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  16. ^ "Pay Attention Class". Office Blog. Fascination Records. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  17. ^ Uh Oh Cast of St. Trinian's - "We're in Trouble". YouTube. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
  18. ^ Trinian's girls to return in 2009
  19. ^ Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
  20. ^ Tennant enrolls at 'St Trinian's II' – Entertainment News, Film News, Media. Variety (7 July 2009). Retrieved on 25 November 2009.

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