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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... See more »

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Barbara Covett
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Sheba Hart
Tom Georgeson ...
Ted Mawson
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Sandy Pabblem
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Sue Hodge
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Bill Rumer
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Linda
Syreeta Kumar ...
Gita
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Steven Connolly
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Brian Bangs
Wendy Nottingham ...
Elaine Clifford
Tameka Empson ...
Antonia Robinson
Leon Skinner ...
Davis
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Richard Hart
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Polly Hart
Max Lewis ...
Ben Hart
Debra Gillett ...
Lorraine
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Dave
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Marjorie
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Martin
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Sheba's Mother
Diana Berriman ...
Marcia
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Saskia
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Eddie
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Eddie's Wife
Jonathan Speer ...
Vet
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Mr. Connolly
Derbhle Crotty ...
Mrs. Connolly
Catherine Drew ...
Newsreader
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Annabel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Argenti ...
Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson ...
Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Eyre

Written by

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Patrick Marber ... (screenplay)
 
Zoë Heller ... (novel "What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal") (as Zoe Heller)

Produced by

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Robert Fox ... producer
Redmond Morris ... executive producer
Scott Rudin ... producer

Music by

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Philip Glass

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Bloom
Antonia Van Drimmelen

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Shaheen Baig
Maggie Lunn

Production Design by

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Tim Hatley

Art Direction by

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Hannah Moseley
Mark Raggett ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Caroline Smith

Costume Design by

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Tim Hatley

Makeup Department

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Jayne Buxton ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Eammon Hughes ... hairdresser: Ms. Blanchett (as Eamonn Hughes)
Helen Johnson ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Rebecca Lafford ... makeup artist: Ms. Blanchett
Maralyn Sherman ... hair department head: additional photography / makeup department head: additional photography
Nadia Stacey ... makeup daily
Lisa Westcott ... chief hair stylist / chief makeup artist

Production Management

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Polly Duval ... post-production supervisor
Rachel Neale ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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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
Tim Maxwell ... sound re-recordist
Kate Morath ... boom operator
Tim Owens ... dialogue editor: London
Mike Prestwood Smith ... 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 / 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

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Stuart Brisdon ... special effects coordinator
Mark Haddenham ... special effects
Nigel Wilkinson ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Lori C. Miller ... title designer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nrinder Dhudwar ... stunt coordinator
Rob Hunt ... stunts
Tina Maskell ... stunts
Peter Pedrero ... stunts
John Street ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 / lighting camera operator: second unit
Clive Coote ... still photographer
Eamonn Fitzgerald ... electrician (as Eammon Fitzgerald)
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 / 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

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Howard Halsall ... voice casting
Benjamin Till ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)

Location Management

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Jo Beckett ... location scout
Thomas Elgood ... location scout
Ian Ellis ... location scout
Richard Hill ... assistant location manager
Russell Lodge ... location scout
Lee Robertson ... assistant location manager
Amanda Stevens ... location manager
Andrew Dalmahoy ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
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
Al Hardiman ... song arranger
Jake Jackson ... assistant music engineer
Sam Jones ... assistant music engineer
Nico Muhly ... assistant conductor / music preparation
Ichiho Nishiki ... music score mix engineer
Michael Riesman ... conductor / music score mixer
Christian Rutledge ... production coordinator: music score: musician contractor
Derek Somaru ... assistant music editor
Graham Sutton ... music editor
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello
Danielle Diego ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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

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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
Joanna 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
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
Dan Hillsdon ... assistant accountant
Jemma Kearney ... assistant: Cate Blanchett
Nathan Kelly ... assistant: Scott Rudin
Barnaby Miller ... production runner (as Barney Miller)
Richard Neale ... on-set computer technician: CompuHire
Vanraaj Padhaal ... production secretary (as Padhaal Vanraaj)
Tanya Phegan ... development executive / for DNA Films
Holly Pullinger ... assistant coordinator
James P. Queen ... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Luke Randolph ... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Sarah Richardson ... assistant: Robert Fox
Danny Roman ... assistant: Scott Rudin
Penny Ryder ... stand-in: Judi Dench
Marie Sayej ... accounts trainee
Shruti Shah ... production accountant
Mira Shin ... assistant: Scott Rudin
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)
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)
Rohan Mehra ... technical assistant (uncredited)
Darren O'Connell ... floor runner (uncredited)
Laura Pearson-Smith ... work experience (uncredited)
Craig Topham ... set production assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Alexander Zweig ... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)

Thanks

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Scott Aversano ... thanks
John Barlow ... thanks
Rachel Dickenson ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Chronique d'un scandale (France)
  • Tagebuch eines Skandals (Germany)
  • Diario de un escándalo (Spain)
  • Bilješke o jednom skandalu (Croatia)
  • Jurnalul unui scandal (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP1,141,364, 04 Feb 2007
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $26,196,359, 09 Apr 2007

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Barbara has had her meeting with the headmaster at which he reveals what he knows about her stalking of Jennifer Dodd, she throws up in a school toilet. In the background, on the wall, is written the graffiti: "Babs Covett = nasty old lezza. I want to lick her mangy twat." See more »
Goofs When Sheba is rampaging through Barbara's house in search of her journal, you can see a crew member in the mirror behind her as she goes to sit. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Painted Veil/Miss Potter/Perfume: The Story of a Murderer/Notes on a Scandal/The Curse of the Golden Flower/Pan's Labyrinth (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Funky Kingston See more »
Quotes Sheba Hart: What you say about me, about Richard - you're not fit to shine his shoes. And Ben, and Polly, that I'd be happier without them. Why did you do it?
[slaps Barbara]
Sheba Hart: Because I didn't help you collect your cat?
[slaps Barbara again]
Sheba Hart: You've cost me my family!
Barbara Covett: No, no, take some responsibility! I gave you EXACTLY what you wanted! You'd still be stuck in that marriage without me.
Sheba Hart: What?
Barbara Covett: You can't accept it yet, but...
Sheba Hart: You think I wanted to be here with you?
Barbara Covett: You need me, I'm your friend!
Sheba Hart: You put me in prison, I could get TWO years!
Barbara Covett: They'll fly by! I'll visit you every week! We've so much life to live together!
Sheba Hart: You think this is a love affair? A relationship? What, sticky gold stars, and - and a strand of my hair? A sticker from Pizza Express? It's a flat in the Archway Road and you think you're Virginia frigging Woolf! And where did you get my hair? Did you pluck it from the bath with some special fucking tweezers?
Barbara Covett: You know it's rude to read a person's diary, it's private!
Sheba Hart: We're not companions! We're not friends! You don't even like me!
Barbara Covett: That's not true, I only have tender feelings for you, only love!
Sheba Hart: You're barking, fucking mad. You don't know how to love. You have never, your whole life. Me, Jennifer Dodd. You're nothing but waste and disappointment! You bitter old virgin. You're lonely for a reason. They loathed you at school, all of them. I was the idiot who bothered, but only because no one told me you're a fucking vampire! So what is it, Bar? You want to roll around the floor like lovers? You want to fuck me, Barbara?
Barbara Covett: Please don't diminish our...
Sheba Hart: Our WHAT? What?
Barbara Covett: Give it back. I know you! Selfish and vain, you think you have a divine right! You don't belong in the world, you belong here! You big baby!
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