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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

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Crime, Drama, Romance |

Notes on a Scandal is a British psychological thriller-drama film directed by Richard Eyre and produced by Robert Fox and Scott Rudin. Adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller, the screenplay was written by Patrick Marber. The film stars Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett and centres on a lonely veteran teacher who uncovers a fellow teacher’s illicit affair with an underage student.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

Barbara Covett is a history teacher at a comprehensive school in London. A spinster nearing retirement, she has contempt for her students and fellow teachers. Her only comfort is her diary. When a new art teacher, Sheba Hart, joins the staff, Barbara is immediately attracted to her. Sheba is married to the much older Richard, and is just re-entering the work force after devoting herself to her special needs son.

Barbara later witnesses Sheba in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old student named Steven Connolly at the school. When Barbara confronts her, she recounts all the details of her involvement with the boy, but Sheba asks her not to tell the school administration until after Christmas, as she wants to be with her family. Barbara claims she has no intention of reporting her, providing Sheba ends the illicit relationship immediately, but Barbara secretly plans to use the affair as a means of manipulating Sheba.

Director: Richard Eyre

Writers: Patrick Marber (screenplay), Zoë Heller (novel)

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Bill Nighy, Joanna Scanlan, Michael Maloney, Tom Georgeson

Cast:

Judi DenchBarbara Covett
Cate BlanchettSheba Hart
Tom GeorgesonTed Mawson
Michael MaloneySandy Pabblem
Joanna ScanlanSue Hodge
Shaun ParkesBill Rumer
Emma KennedyLinda
Syreeta KumarGita
Andrew SimpsonSteven Connolly
Phil DavisBrian Bangs
Wendy NottinghamElaine Clifford
Tameka EmpsonAntonia Robinson
Leon SkinnerDavis
Bill NighyRichard Hart
Juno TemplePolly Hart
Max LewisBen Hart
Debra GillettLorraine
Barry McCarthyDave
Julia McKenzieMarjorie
Adrian ScarboroughMartin
Jill BakerSheba’s Mother
Diana BerrimanMarcia
Alice BirdSaskia
Benedict TaylorEddie
Miranda PleasenceEddie’s Wife
Jonathan SpeerVet
Stephen KennedyMr. Connolly
Derbhle CrottyMrs. Connolly
Catherine DrewNewsreader
Anne-Marie DuffAnnabel
Alex ArgentiChristmas Shopper (uncredited)
Gabrielle BrooksChoir Member (uncredited)
Kevin HudsonTeacher (uncredited)
Denzil KwabiDenzel (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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