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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 91 nominations.
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Jenny Mellor
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Miss Stubbs
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Jack Mellor
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Marjorie
William Melling ...
Small Boy
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Small Boy
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Graham
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David Goldman
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ...
Hattie
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Tina
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Danny
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Helen
Nick Sampson ...
Auctioneer
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Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ...
Small Girl
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Headmistress
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Rachman
Olenka Wrzesniewski ...
Shakespeare Girl
Bryony Wadsworth ...
Shakespeare Girl
Ashley Taylor-Rhys ...
Petrol Attendant
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Sarah Goldman
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Student
Beth Rowley ...
Nightclub Singer
Ben Castle ...
Nightclub Band
Mark Edwards ...
Nightclub Band
Tom Rees-Roberts ...
Nightclub Band
Arne Somogyi ...
Nightclub Band
Paul Pilot ...
Nightclub Band
Phil Wilkinson ...
Nightclub Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rhys Bond ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Charlee Hall ...
Baby 1 (uncredited)
Neo Hall ...
Baby 2 (uncredited)
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School Girl (uncredited)
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Man in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lone Scherfig

Written by

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Lynn Barber ... (memoir)
 
Nick Hornby ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Finola Dwyer ... producer
Douglas Hansen ... executive producer (as Douglas E. Hansen)
Nick Hornby ... executive producer
Wendy Japhet ... executive producer
Jamie Laurenson ... executive producer
Caroline Levy ... line producer
Amanda Posey ... producer
James D. Stern ... executive producer
David M. Thompson ... executive producer

Music by

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Paul Englishby

Cinematography by

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John de Borman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Barney Pilling

Editorial Department

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Greg Barrett ... digital intermediate producer
Ben Bradley ... on-line editor
Rebecca Budds ... digital intermediate coordinator
Matthew Cannings ... assistant editor
John Claude ... digital intermediate colorist
Issac Solemon ... assistant editor
Matt Watson ... on-line editor
Stephen Bearman ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Paul Doogan ... scan record manager (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lucy Bevan

Production Design by

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Andrew McAlpine

Art Direction by

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Ben Smith

Set Decoration by

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Anna Lynch-Robinson ... (as Anna Lynch Robinson)

Costume Design by

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Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Makeup Department

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Bella Ava Georgiou ... hair stylist: dailies (as Bella Georgiou) / makeup artist: dailies (as Bella Georgiou)
Mandy Gold ... hair stylist: dailies / makeup artist: dailies
Jon Henry Gordon ... hair stylist: dailies / makeup artist: dailies
Catherine Jabes ... hair stylist: France (as Cathy Vidal)
Nicky Knowles ... hair stylist (as Nicola Magee) / makeup artist (as Nicola Magee)
Ameneh Mahloudji ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Florence Roumieu ... makeup artist: France
Andrew Simonin ... crowd hairdresser
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou ... hair designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou) / makeup designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Katie Lee ... makeup trainee: dalies (uncredited)

Production Management

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Matthew J. Birch ... executive in charge of production: Endgame Entertainment
Gilles Castera ... production manager: France
Polly Duval ... post-production supervisor
Ciara McGowan ... production manager
Bobby Prince ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chris Burgess ... additional third assistant director
Paul Cathie ... third assistant director
Joe Geary ... first assistant director
Clare Glass ... crowd second assistant director
Christelle Lahaye ... third assistant director: France
Tom Mulberge ... additional third assistant director
Tom White ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Gerry Atkinson ... dressing propman
Marc Beros ... hod painter
Brian Bovingdon ... carpenter
Philippa Broadhurst ... graphic designer
Chris Brown ... carpenter
Lee Bryant ... prop storeman
Alfie Burgess ... stand-by propman
Clive D'Cruze ... stagehand
Gene D'Cruze ... construction manager
Billy Edwards ... stand-by propman
Richard Grant ... painter
James Hendy ... property buyer
Mark Jones ... daily dressing props
John Malham ... painter
Danny Margetts ... hod construction
Ben Munro ... stand-by art director
Camise Oldfield ... art department trainee: FT2
Andrew Rickard ... carpenter
Michael Rickard ... carpenter
Brian Stagg ... carpenter
Terry Stinson ... dressing propman
Ian Tansey ... painter
Anna Thomas ... art department assistant
Dave Wells ... carpenter
Tom Whitehead ... assistant art director
Nigel Woodford ... stand-by carpenter
Terry Woods ... property master (as Terry Wood)
Dougie Lankston ... dressing props (uncredited)
Howard Weaver ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hugo Adams ... foley editor
Niv Adiri ... sound effects editor
Ben Barker ... sound effects editor
Gareth Bull ... adr recordist / re-recording mixer
Gillian Dodders ... dialogue editor
Andrew Felton ... boom operator
Danny Freemantle ... assistant sound editor
Glenn Freemantle ... sound supervisor
Elliott Gilhooly ... sound assistant: FT2
Nina Hartstone ... dialogue editor
Andrea King ... foley artist
Adam Mendez ... foley recordist / re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers ... sound effects editor
Jack Stew ... foley artist
Richard Straker ... adr recordist / re-recording mixer
Simon J. Willis ... sound recordist (as Simon Willis)
Mark DeSimone ... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Alex Hudd ... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Payne ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Stephen Elson ... visual effects producer: Baseblack (uncredited)
Edward Randolph ... digital compositor: Baseblack (uncredited) / visual effects coordinator: Baseblack (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sergio Bernuzzi ... grip
Martin Bloye ... daily rigging gaffer
Kerry Brown ... still photographer
Dan Carling ... video assistant
John de Borman ... camera operator
Jean-François Drigeard ... gaffer: France (as Jean-Francois Drigeard)
Manuel Gaspar ... best boy: France
Robert Gavigan ... best boy
Max Glickman ... clapper loader
Leigh Gold ... focus puller
Merritt Gold ... focus puller: second unit (as Merrit Gold)
Ian Grant ... chargehand rigger
Mikey Ray Harkins ... lighting desk operator (as Mikey Harkin)
Zac Henderson ... stand-by rigger
David Holliday ... grip: second unit
Justin Lewis ... generator operator
Dash Lilley ... film loader
Malcolm McLean ... camera operator: second unit
Brian Miller ... electrician
James Perry ... clapper loader: second unit
Toby Tyler Jr. ... electrician
David Tyler ... gaffer
Toby Tyler ... electrician / gaffer
Aldo Camilleri ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Luke Chisholm ... additional grip (uncredited)
Johann Cruickshank ... sparks (uncredited)
Warwick Drucker ... additional grip (uncredited)
Chris Georgas ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Alice Searby ... casting associate
Ruth Key ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Basil Anastasi ... costumer: dailies
Martin Chitty ... stand-by costumer
Patricia Colin ... costume supervisor: France
Ellen Crawshaw ... costume trainee: crowd
Rachel Forde ... costume trainee: FT2
Natalie Humphries ... costume supervisor
Amanda Keable ... costume supervisor
Tess Loe ... costume trainee
Kate O'Farrell ... costumer: dailies
David Wolfe ... costumer: dailies

Location Management

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Guillaume Babinet ... location trainee: France
Tony Carter ... location assistant
Richard George ... assistant location manager
Pierre Hue ... assistant location manager: France
Hannah Lamb ... location assistant
Romuald Rousseau ... location manager: France
Marc Saclier ... location trainee: France
Camilla Stephenson ... location manager
Claire Tovey ... location scout

Music Department

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Eleanor Alberga ... musician: piano
Nicholas Baxter ... music publisher
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Thomas Bowes ... orchestra leader
Tom Bowes ... orchestra leader
Chris Dibble ... score mixer / score recordist
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
Lewis Jones ... assistant engineer
Joanna Lee ... assistant to composer
Nyree Pinder ... score coordinator
Colin Rae ... score preparation
Kle Savidge ... music supervisor
Charlotte Trinder ... assistant orchestra contractor
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello
Ben Barker ... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Christopher Benstead ... music editor (uncredited)
Paul Pilot ... score mixer (uncredited) / score recordist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Mickaël Conan ... minibus driver: France (as Mickael Conan)
Bertrand Doudet ... minibus driver: France
Olivier Fauchier ... minibus driver: France
Paul Gatley ... unit driver
Michael Geary ... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Charles Heidet ... action vehicles coordinator: France
Phil Houghton ... driver: camera truck (as Phil Haughton)
Hefin Jones ... driver: wardrobe bus (as Hefyn Jones)
Charles Manning ... driver: facilities captain & make-up
Geoff McCracken ... minibus driver
Chris Palmer ... lead driver
Jim Wilkes ... driver: grip truck
Ian Wotherspoon ... unit driver

Other crew

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Sarah Armstrong ... stand-in (as Sara Armstrong)
Susan Arnott ... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Geraldine Atlee ... business affairs: BBC Films
Aurélie Avram ... production coordinator: France (as Aurelie Avram)
Craig Barwick ... production accountant
Hana Beer ... floor runner
Kerry Brown ... electronic press kit
Phil Cairns ... unit publicist: Premier PR
Lucy Chilton ... assistant to director
Libby D'Arcy ... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Sean Desmond ... security
Graham Easton ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Glyn Evans ... medic
Angus Finlayson ... stand-in
Charlotte Fleck ... dialect coach: Peter Sarsgaard
Ian Ford ... security
Louise Goodsill ... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Mick Hurrell ... health & safety officer
Jacqueline Hurt ... legal services: Olswang
Amy Jackson ... post production paperwork / producers asssistant
Steve Joberns ... auditor: Shipleys
Ralph Kamp ... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Charles McDonald ... unit publicist: Premier PR
Bennett McGhee ... assistant to producers
Simon Mills ... production runner
Tariq Mirza ... production legal
John Morgan ... accountant: Wildgraze Films & Finola Dwyer Productions
Eleanor Nett ... production and post-production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Robert E. Norton ... finance executive: Endgame Entertainment
Caroline O'Reilly ... script supervisor
Kevin O'Shea ... insurance: AON/Albert G Ruben
Valerie Rosewell ... assistant accountant (as Val Rosewell)
Lisbeth Savill ... legal services: Olswang
Greg Schenz ... business and legal affairs executive: Endgame Entertainment (as Gregory R. Schenz)
James Scott ... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Sonic ... floor runner (as James 'Sonic' Rainer)
Neil Swain ... dialect coach: Peter Sarsgaard
Eve Swannell ... production coordinator
Antony Swiatek ... production legal: Olswang
Anne Teixeira ... production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Matthew Vizard ... production & delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven ... finance executive: Endgame Entertainment
Michael Wood ... production executive: BBC Films
Nic Benns ... title designer (uncredited)
Paula Jalfon ... commercial manager (uncredited)
Tory Lenosky ... production runner (uncredited)
Iain Mackenzie ... production runner: dailies (uncredited)
James Mossahebi ... office runner (uncredited)

Thanks

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Amy Ashworth ... special thanks
Jane Barclay ... special thanks
Isabel Begg ... special thanks
Helen Bones ... special thanks
Bernard Butler ... special thanks
Duffy ... special thanks
Juliette Gréco ... special thanks
Camille Holm ... in memory of
Mark Hubbard ... thanks
Beeban Kidron ... special thanks
Paul Ritchie ... thanks
Marc Samuelson ... special thanks
Tom Stingemore ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Innocence of the Young. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une éducation (France)
  • An education - viettelyksen oppitunnit (Finland)
  • Воспитание чувств (Russia)
  • Enseñanza de vida (Peru)
  • An education (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP4,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP399,122, 30 Oct 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia The creative team were initially worried about casting the 22-year-old Carey Mulligan in the role of a 16-year-old, but were convinced by her screen test. Rosamund Pike reportedly really wanted the small part of Helen, because "no one ever lets me be funny". See more »
Goofs When Jenny is dropped of at her hours after meeting David for the first time, a satellite dish can be seen on the roof of a house to the far left as she takes her cello form the back seat. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Smoke Without Fire See more »
Quotes Jenny: If you never do anything, you never become anyone.
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