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Notes on a Scandal -- A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

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Patrick Marber (screenplay)
Zoe Heller (novel)
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5 January 2007 (Canada) See more »
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One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity... See more »
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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 45 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Richard Eyre 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Patrick Marber (screenplay)

Zoe Heller (novel "What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal")

Produced by
Robert Fox .... producer
Redmond Morris .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Antonia Van Drimmelen 
 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Maggie Lunn 
 
Production Design by
Tim Hatley 
 
Art Direction by
Hannah Moseley 
Mark Raggett (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Caroline Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Tim Hatley 
 
Makeup Department
Jayne Buxton .... hair stylist
Jayne Buxton .... makeup artist
Eammon Hughes .... hairdresser: Ms. Blanchett (as Eamonn Hughes)
Helen Johnson .... hair stylist
Helen Johnson .... makeup artist
Rebecca Lafford .... makeup artist: Ms. Blanchett
Maralyn Sherman .... hair department head: additional photography
Maralyn Sherman .... makeup department head: additional photography
Nadia Stacey .... makeup daily
Lisa Westcott .... chief hair stylist
Lisa Westcott .... chief makeup artist
 
Production Management
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor
Rachel Neale .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Beatrice Manning .... assistant director: reshoots
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
Charlie Waller .... second second assistant director
Jeremy Angel .... crowd assistant director (uncredited)
Caroline Chapman .... daily third assistant director (uncredited)
James Chasey .... third assistant director: re-shoots (uncredited)
Robert Grayson .... first assistant director: re-shoots (uncredited)
Christian Rigg .... daily third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jess Alexander .... assistant buyer
Grant Armstrong .... stand-by art director
Ian Bee .... supervising carpenter
Les Benson .... props storeman
Paul Bowring .... carpenter
Catherine Byrne .... art department assistant
Stephen Conway .... stand-by props
John Davies .... chargehand painter
Neil Dickson .... stagehand
Lucy Eyre .... assistant set decorator
Pip Fox .... props
Jane Harwood .... assistant art director
Pete Hodge .... stand-by stagehand
Simon Hutchings .... stand-by painter
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter
Tony Kernan .... stagehand
Steve Macdonald .... chargehand stand-by props (as Stephen McDonald)
David Martin .... carpenter
Maxie McDonald .... property master
Neil Murrum .... chargehand dressing props
Cian O'Clery .... art department assistant
Harriet Orman .... production buyer
Matthew Parsons .... painter (as Matt Parsons)
Mary Pat Sheahan .... painter
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction manager
Amanda Waddington .... painter
Peter Watson .... dressing props
Jonathan Wells .... chargehand carpenter
Kem White .... graphics artist
Ben Wilkinson .... dressing props
Robert J. Dugdale .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jane Harwood .... art director: reshoots (uncredited)
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Jason Bennett .... assistant sound
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Ed Colyer .... foley recording engineer (as Edward Colyer)
Doug Cooper .... sound re-recording mixer: London
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer: New York
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer: New York
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Nigel Heath .... foley recording engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Lionel Johnson .... assistant sound editor
Lionel Johnson .... assistant sound editor: London
James Mather .... sound supervisor: London
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Tim Owens .... dialogue editor: London
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacob Ribicoff .... supervising sound editor: New York
Diana Smith .... assistant sound editor: London
Stuart Stanley .... sound editor: New York
Nigel Stone .... adr editor: London
Nigel Stone .... dialogue premix
Joseph Stracey .... sound effects editor: London (as Joseph Park Stracey)
Eric Strausser .... sound assistant: New York
Andy Thompson .... adr recording engineer
Derek Trigg .... foley editor: London
Dave Wren .... sound studio technician
Oliver Brierley .... assistant foley mixer (uncredited)
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Glen Gathard .... assistant foley mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects coordinator
Mark Haddenham .... special effects
Nigel Wilkinson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lori C. Miller .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Rob Hunt .... stunts
Tina Maskell .... stunts
Peter Pedrero .... stunts
John Street .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Agha-Rafei .... daily camera trainee
Sam Barnes .... clapper loader
Steve Blythe .... electrician
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Paul Bond .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Bond .... lighting camera operator: second unit
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Eammon Fitzgerald .... electrician
Kevin Fitzpatrick .... electrician
Simon Fogg .... grip: second camera
Jimmy Harris .... electrician
Peter Harris .... electrician
Alex Hobbs .... video operator
Alex Hobbs .... video playback operator
Therese Hvattum .... camera trainee
Gary Hymns .... grip
Gary Hymns .... key grip
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: additional photography
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Mark Milsome .... second assistant camera
Emily Plant .... electrician
Urszula Pontikos .... clapper loader
Greg Press .... stand-by rigger
Paul Sharp .... best boy
Mark Thomas .... electrician
Gavin Walters .... rigging gaffer
Lee Walters .... gaffer
Dennis Watson .... electrical rigger
Ben Wilson .... focus puller
Sam Barnes .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
Giles Keyte .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Howard Halsall .... voice casting
Benjamin Till .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Cairney .... costume assistant
Emma Heath .... costume trainee
Vandra Howard .... costume assistant
Jane Leonard .... costume assistant
David Otzen .... costume assistant
Kirsty Wilkinson .... dresser: Ms. Dench
Allison Wyldeck .... costume supervisor
Marco de Magalhães .... costume daily (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Martin Corbett .... assistant editor
Jo Dale .... assistant editor
Hattie Dalton .... change placement editor: WFTV/UIP
Martin Scoones .... lab color timer
Matt Gauci .... avid technical support (uncredited)
Mark Wright .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Bora .... music score mix engineer
John Bradbury .... orchestra leader
Missy Cohen .... music editor (as Missy Coen)
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... supervising music editor
Chris Dibble .... music score engineer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Trevor Gureckis .... score preparation
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Sam Jones .... assistant music engineer
Nico Muhly .... assistant conductor
Nico Muhly .... music preparation
Ichiho Nishiki .... music score mix engineer
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Michael Riesman .... music score mixer
Christian Rutledge .... production coordinator: music score
Derek Somaru .... assistant music editor
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
 
Transportation Department
Martin Alderdice .... picture car coordinator
Gary Birmingham .... transportation coordinator
Martin Birmingham .... production driver
Karen Russell .... driver: minibus
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Lee Isgar .... driver: Richard Eyre (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nwachukwu 'Chucks' Aghanya .... accounts trainee (as Nwachukwu Aghanya)
Colette Appleby .... stand-in: Cate Blanchett (as Collette Appleby)
Philip Ball .... utility stand-in
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Keziah Barton-White .... script supervisor: second camera
Jo Beckett .... location scout
Sean Mik'ael Butler .... development intern
Francesca Castellano .... production coordinator
Hattie Dalton .... change placement director: WFTV/UIP
Michael Diliberti .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Sara Dony .... unit nurse
Thomas Elgood .... location scout
Ian Ellis .... location scout
John Ensby .... laboratory liaison
Dan Erstad .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Polly Fletcher .... assistant accountant
Vic Fraser .... librarian
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Emily Graham .... runner
Ruth Halliday .... research consultant
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Richard Hill .... assistant location manager
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant accountant
Jemma Kearney .... assistant: Cate Blanchett
Nathan Kelly .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Russell Lodge .... location scout
Barney Miller .... production runner
Vanraaj Padhaal .... production secretary (as Padhaal Vanraaj)
Tanya Phegan .... development executive
Tanya Phegan .... for DNA Films
Holly Pullinger .... assistant coordinator
James P. Queen .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Sarah Richardson .... assistant: Robert Fox
Lee Robertson .... assistant location manager
Danny Roman .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Penny Ryder .... stand-in: Judi Dench
Marie Sayej .... accounts trainee
Shruti Shah .... production accountant
Mira Shin .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Amanda Stevens .... location manager
Helen Walker .... accounting assistant
Joan Washington .... voice coach
Jay Weeks .... accounts trainee
Jeremy Angel .... daily runner (uncredited)
Justin Begnaud .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... title designer (uncredited)
Andrew Dalmahoy .... location assistant (uncredited)
Penny Frost .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Matt Gauci .... avid technical support (uncredited)
Natalie Kavanagh .... runner: dailies (uncredited)
Esther Kelly .... head trainer: cat (uncredited)
Beatrice Manning .... set runner: reshoots (uncredited)
Darren O'Connell .... floor runner (uncredited)
Laura Pearson-Smith .... work experience (uncredited)
Kevin Proctor .... daily production runner (uncredited)
Alexander Zweig .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Scott Aversano .... thanks
John Barlow .... thanks
Rachel Dickenson .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language and some aberrant sexual content
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92 min
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Nicholas Hoult went through several auditions for the role that Andrew Simpson eventually played.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Brian and Barbara are sitting at her table, Barbara's cigarette has an inconsistent length.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Barbara Covett:[voiceover of Barbara writing in her diary] People trust me with their secrets. But who do I trust with mine? You, only you.
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86 out of 148 people found the following review useful.
"Notes On a Scandal": Judi Dench as Bloodsucking Fiend., 4 January 2007
Author: Jallipoli from Lanternjack@msn.com

A little-known fact about Araneae Arachidna, uncommonly known as the common spider: Only their nimble poise keeps them from tumbling into their webs. The slightest slip, the merest topple, and they'd be in as wretched a condition as the bloodless husks that litter their tacky lairs. In "Notes On a Scandal," (which enjoyed a limited release on Dec. 25), this delicate mean is most graphically illustrated in London schoolmarm, Barbara Covett (note the last name), whose rule in the classroom is adamantine, but whose grasp of words like "friend," "secret" and "love affair" are as tenuous as spider silk.

Dame Judi Dench's Covett is a history teacher in a British school that makes the one in "Saint Clara" look like an accounting firm made over by the Body Snatchers. Vicious football hooligans and wanton almost-women abound, "the future plumbers and shop clerks," in Covett's acid baroque. The teachers crouch in the gymnatorium, trading term reports, like beleaguered generals in the trenches. Covett's is the most succinct: Her classes are "below the National Average, but above the level of catastrophe. Recommendation: No change necessary." But no matter how we try to keep things status quo, change has a way of sluicing in through the cracks. At the start of the Fall term, change waltzes into Dench's life in the liquid form of new art teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), who is as lovely as an Elf and her namesake together, but as free as a Hobbit, particularly about the loins, which she can't seem to stop airing out around a treacherously-charming 15-year-old, Steven Connolly (Andrew Simpson), who is determined to pluck this Bohemian rose by means artful and sincere.

When Covett catches a sensuous eyeful of the twosome during a Christmas pageant, this starchy spider sees an opportunity to cinch her snare shut. She takes Hart into her confidence, promising not to tell for the sake of Hart, Connolly and the school (not to mention Covett's icy groin). Soon Covett is insinuating herself into the family life of her supple obsession, appearing at every lunch, outing (and inning), like some incestuous mother-in-law. Hart's family consists of a drolly self-amused husband (Bill Nighy), a teenage melancholic daughter (Juno Temple) and a son who suffers from Down's Syndrome (Max Lewis), whom Covett regards as a flimsy gauntlet between her heart and Hart.

When she's not haunting the Harts' steps, like an insufferably-haughty shadow, Covett can be found out at her meticulously-clutter-free abode, adorning her diary with gold stars and musing about everything from lasagna, to the "pubescent proles," to her only true friend in the world: her dying cat, an uncanny doppelganger of Mrs. Norris, Filch's feline in the Harry Potter movies.

Of course, everything falls apart spectacularly in the third act, with everyone's gory doings blared across every tube and telly from Bath to Birmingham. But what's even more amazing is the way everything falls back together in the end. There are the wounds that cleave, yes, and those which sew us back more strongly than ever. These are the darling themes of director Richard Eyre, whose previous pairing with Dench was the Alzheimer's weeper, "Iris". Eyre is a fellow who believes---truly believes---in the all-conquering power of love, not as a Disneyfied platitude, but as an attracting force, binding beyond all reason, even when every particle of logic screams, "Resist!" Love is a jigsaw puzzle. Smash it to bits, the pieces will snap themselves back into place snugger than ever.

"I can't imagine Iris without me, just as I can't imagine myself without Iris!" says John Bayley of his dear heart, and here similar sentiments apply. Even Covett, at the end, finds herself returning to her first love: herself, her solitude in her aloof tower, hurling down snide remarks, like Molotov cocktails. For Eyre, love is a pliant stone; bendable, yes; breakable---never! One of the great charms of "Notes On a Scandal," as with "Iris," is seeing a supremely royal woman behave like an utter slob. In "Iris," we watched the wits of one of the great literary showwomen of our time rust and rot, but oh-so tenderly. Here, we have Dench muttering such crude asides as: "Lasagna doesn't agree with my bowels; I shall eat as little as possible." Another double take-inducing moment has Dench "stroking" Blanchett's arm in ways most titillative. "Did they do this at your other school?" she asks without a wink of shame. The preview crowd I saw this with couldn't stop snorting with disbelief every time Dench opened her mouth, often laughing before she'd even finished her sentences.

Stripping the iron mail away from our social betters, revealing their pink backsides---this is where Eyre is at his best. We see Dench not in silk-strewn palaces, but in settings both earthy and beige---in simple windbreakers and cardigans. Scenes of tension are shot with jittery hand-held cameras, stifling intimacy, and every window pane bears a film of damp moulder.

These bleak backdrops have a way of humanizing Dench, bringing her down to the contradictions coursing under the crust of the mundane. Dench's Covett has a stalker's knack of deconstructing the simplest gestures---a hair drifting onto her lap, the brushing of a hand---as thunderclaps of loving proclamation. When faced with the ugly contraries real humans are composed of, Covett regards them as base treacheries, then tosses people away, like chipped porcelain. She possesses the kind of idealism only a rapist enjoys. Anyone who falls short is cut off, like a gangrenous limb. But witnessing this, we come to realize Covett is her own worst victim. She's doomed to live in a world which falls forever short of her expectations. In other words, she's human. We pity her.

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