St Trinian's (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Oliver Parker
|Produced by||Oliver Parker
|Screenplay by||Piers Ashworth
Jonathan M. Stern
|Based on||St. Trinian's School
by Ronald Searle
|Music by||Charlie Mole|
|Edited by||Alex Mackie|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Film Distributors|
100 minutes (European cut)
|Budget||£7 million (US$11.4 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. 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.
- Gemma Arterton as Kelly Opossum Jones, the Head Girl
- Rupert Everett as Miss Camilla Dagey Fritton, St Trinian's Headmistress
- Everett also plays Carnaby Fritton, Camilla's brother, Annabelle's father
- Colin Firth as Geoffrey Thwaites, the Education Minister
- Russell Brand as Flash Harry, the spiv
- Talulah Riley as Annabelle Lealla Fritton, the new girl
- Tamsin Egerton as Chelsea Parker, Posh Totty #1
- Antonia Bernath as Chloe, Posh Totty #2
- Amara Karan as Peaches, Posh Totty #3
- Paloma Faith as Andrea, the Emo
- Juno Temple as Celia, the "Trustafarian" one
- Kathryn Drysdale as Taylor, the Chav
- Lily Cole as Polly, the Geek
- Cloe and Holly Mackie as Tara & Tania, the Twins
- Lena Headey as Miss Dickinson, the English Teacher
- Fenella Woolgar as Miss Cleaver, the Sports Teacher
- Caterina Murino as Miss Maupassant, the Foreign Languages Teacher
- Jodie Whittaker as Beverly, the receptionist
- Toby Jones as St Trinian's Bursar
- Celia Imrie as St Trinian's Matron
- Stephen Fry as Himself, the School Challenge presenter
- Anna Chancellor as Miss Bagstock, Cheltenham's Headmistress
- Lucy Punch as Verity Thwaites, the Minister's daughter, and Cheltenham's school bully
- Mischa Barton as JJ French, the PR Guru, and previous Headgirl
- Steve Furst as Bank Manager
- Dolly the Dog as Mr Darcy, the school's dog
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. The film was given a limited release in North America on 9 October 2009. St Trinian's 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 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. 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.
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."
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||10 December 2007|
|Label||Universal Music Group|
|St. Trinian's original soundtrack chronology|
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.
- Track listing
|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|
|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. Filming began on 6 July 2009, 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.
- Germany Release dates
- New Zealand release date
- UK Box office
- St Trinian total box office
- World Box Office Reports – Movie Ratings. Allcharts.org. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
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- Philip French, The Observer, 23 December 2007.
- 20 December 2007
- St Trinian's at Rotten Tomatoes
- BBC Music review
- Digital Spy review
- InTheNews.co.uk review
- "St Trinians: Original Soundtrack". Play.com. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
- "St. Trinians [Soundtrack]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
- "Pay Attention Class". Office Blog. Fascination Records. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- Uh Oh Cast of St. Trinian's - "We're in Trouble". YouTube. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
- Trinian's girls to return in 2009
- Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
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- Official website
- St Trinian's at the Internet Movie Database
- St Trinian's at AllMovie
- St Trinian's at Rotten Tomatoes
- St Trinian's at Metacritic
- St Trinian's at NeoClassics Films