Alex Lawther, who played Alan Turing as a schoolboy in The Imitation Game, is apparently still in Sixth Form, 90 years later. In Old Boys, he plays a character named
Cyrano Amberson, who meets and falls in love with Roxane Agnes, played by Belgian actress Pauline Étienne. But Agnes is in love with the inarticulate Christian Winchester, who is unable to express his love in return. So Amberson becomes his ghostwriter, writing love letters to Agnes in Winchester’s name.
There’s something familiar about this story, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Anyhow, it’s another British boarding school movie, the latest addition to a long line of varied and often luminous films. Films like The History Boys, if…., The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Happiest Days of Your Life, Another Country, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.*
And don’t forget two film franchises set in two very different schools: The seven St Trinian’s movies and the eight Hogwarts films.
British Boarding School Movies—Quite a genre there.
Old Boys has played at a couple of festivals, but has not yet been given a general release date.
Gratuitous Breaking Bad Comment, Because I’m a Little Obsessed
*”I originally pitched it to the studio with one line,” says Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. “I told them: ‘This is a story about a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface.'” —The Guardian, in an excellent article about Breaking Bad.
Can’t pass up a chance to mention the best TV series ever, even if it really has nothing to do with British boarding schools.