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Ahead of the Class (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  30 January 2005 (UK)
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Drama based on real-life events. Marie Stubbs, a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is coming up to retirement age, takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's ... See full summary »

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Drama based on real-life events. Marie Stubbs, a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is coming up to retirement age, takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's School in north west London which was facing closure after the notorious murder of its previous headmaster, Philip Lawrence, in 1995 as he was breaking up a fight between his pupils and those from a rival school. Written by Anonymous

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The Sound of Music meets Blackboard Jungle...
8 March 2006 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Okay, okay it's been done before - and better - in films like The Blackboard Jungle and To Sir, with love. True, these are dated, although acknowledged as classics.

But this TV production does deserve a wider release: although the traditional "bad-kids/school-make-good-because-of-caring-head" does become sentimental and clichéd, Julie Walters' portrayal as the head, Marie Stubbs, is perfect! She has an energetic vibe, and a commanding presence.

The atmosphere in some of the London schools (and I have been a supply teacher in a few) is convincingly portrayed by the cast who are the personnel, parents, children and OFFSTED inspectors.

The film made for a pleasant, but undemanding, viewing and was gripping. But good acting cannot redeem a plodding, rather didactic and predictable script. Well acted and certainly not to be avoided.

It's not a "must see" but certainly is a "feel good" movie. There are worse things today on a late evening....


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