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).


St Trinian's, an anarchical school for uncontrollable girls who save the school from bankruptcy by stealing the painting 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'.The film starts with Annabel Fritton being admitted to the school. When there Annabel meets Kelly, head girl of St Trinians, Kelly walks Annabel around the school and introduces each of the different cliques in the school - Posh totty, Chavs, Emos, Geeks and First years. Annabel has a rough first night in the school where her towel and dressing gown are taken from the shower and she is broadcast on the internet by the other girls while running naked from the shower to the dormitory. She phones her dad and demands to be taken away from the school.

Flash Harry pays a visit to the school and makes a deal with the girls for some lab-made vodka.

A few days later the school has a hockey match against Annabel's old school - their rivals Cheltenham Ladies College. Their captain is Verity Thwaites, the daughter of Geoffrey Thwaites, the education minister. The girls give a hostile and violent welcome to their visitors and the match ends in a brawl between the two schools. Later in the film, Annabel overhears her Dad talking with Mrs Fritton about how he thinks Annabel doesn't fit in with the family. Although Miss Fritton says she thinks Annabelle does fit in, Annabelle still gets very upset. Later that day Mrs Fritton talks to Annabel and makes her a part of the family and gets her to release her anger. The other girls at the school give Annabel a make-over and makes her part of the school. Meanwhile Geoffrey Thwaites is inspecting the school and the bank is threatening the school with closure.

Kelly hears the talk about closure and tells the rest of the school. They then make a plan to save the school, which involves getting to the final of "School Challenge" and stealing the painting 'the girl with a pearl earring'. Meanwhile Annabel is talking to Flash Harry about acting as a gay german art dealer. He initially refuses but Kelly gets him to do the job (as he secretly has feelings for her and does not want to look stupid in front of her). The school team for "School Challenge" is made up of the three of the Posh Tottys, Chelsea, Peaches and Chloe. They get to the final by cheating.

During the final Kelly, Taylor and Andrea foil the security for the painting that they're after and eventually retrieve it but on the way back the cable that they used to climb over the top of the audience of the final of school challenge snaps just after Taylor and Andrea get over to the other side. Kelly gets stuck with no other way to get to other side again. Mrs Fritton sees that Kelly needs help and goes to help, having to knock out Geoffrey Thwaites on the way. Meanwhile Annabel takes care of Verity Thwaites.

The school successfully gets the painting and sells it to Carnaby Fritton who doesn't realise it is not the real one which has been returned under the cover of St Trinians finding it. They get a £50,000 reward for returning the painting and the cash from Carnaby Fritton they pay back the money owed to the bank and St Trinian's doesn't get closed.


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. 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]


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[edit]

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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