Tuesday, 22 January 2008

St Trinians


On Sunday we had a rare day to ourselves. We’d had 11 year old James to stay the night on Saturday – he was a delight and is very welcome to stay again – and he left at 9.30 to go to his snooker contest in town.

After we’d walked Mollie on the beach, we had a whole day to ourselves. Elderly James was going out with his daughter for lunch, Himself had decided not to go to jazz, and my Sunday walking partner had her step daughter staying.

We were knackered, so I spent what was left of the morning reading papers, writing magazines and stuff that I should have had time to read in the week and didn’t. Outside it was raining. Again.

I decided it would be good to get out of the house and the choice was Aladdin the panto that one of our dogwalking friends was in (he played Widow Twankee) or a film. As neither of us were feeling in a pantomime mood, I grabbed the paper and ran through the list of what was on. The only thing we could agree on was St Trinians, and I sold that on the basis of Young Girls, Short Skirts. He agreed immediately.

It was a riot. They must have had such fun making it, particularly Rupert Everett who you see up there as Camilla, the headmistress of St Trinians. He based his character on the real Camilla and has done a wonderful job. Camilla turns out to have had an affair at university with the Minister for Education (Colin Firth) whose manic daughter goes to Cheltenham Ladies College. You can guess at the sub plots coming up.

Rupert Everett also plays one of the girl’s fathers, a toffee nosed miser who runs an art gallery for snobs with more money than sense in London. His morals are dubious, as is his sexuality, and Rupert plays the part with an evil enjoyment, poking fun in all corners (pardon the pun).

Also featured are Celia Imrie as the alcoholic matron, Geraldine James as the Cheltenham Ladies College teacher (at least, I think it was her) and Stephen Fry as the quiz master.

Quite what this film is supposed to do for children, other than encourage anarchy, sex, alcoholism and drug taking, I’m not sure. But for adults it was a great bit of escapism. Enjoy.

And apologies to Philipa. I promised a post with no reference to sex. I failed.

19 comments:

Lane said...

Another film to see:-)

Glad you had a good weekend fp.

Flowerpot said...

lane - I hope yours was good Lane. I love going to a matinee - not only is it cheap and the seats are really comfy in Truro, but it feels very decadent!

Philipa said...

It's your blog FP if you want it wringing wet with sex, that's up to you ;-) Anyway I don't get turned on by Rupert Everwet. Colin Firth (preferably in breeches) is, however, another matter entirely. I was sure he had a ferret down in trousers in P&P.

I'm turning my attention to Rousseau and Daviiiid immediately. Sounds like a good film, thanks :-)

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

The kids, hubby, and I went to see it before Christmas and thought it was a blast. It's pretty low-brow but so what.

Flowerpot said...

Philipa - wringing wet with sex - now there's a thought..... but talking about Colin Firth - there are some good wet shirt moments. And the dog's called mr Darcy...

Flowerpot said...

wakeup - glad you enjoyed it - and the kids. Personally i like a bit of lowbrow. Gives the brain cells a bit of time off.

BreadBox said...

Oh, how wonderful! I remember the anarchy that was St Trinians from the originals --- I hadn't heard that they were making a new version: I do hope that it makes it over this side of the puddle...

N.

Flowerpot said...

breadbox - it was a good version, taken from the original Ronald Searle drawings. Very anarchistic (is there such a word?!)

Ellee Seymour said...

My husband is a big St Trinian's fan, I think you can imagine why.

Miss Understood said...

The last time I went to the cinema was to see Bridget Jones! How sad is that?

Akelamalu said...

I love the old St Trinians films, sounds like this one is just as good!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sounds like a hoot. Was wanting to see it myself but as usual will probably wait for the DVD

Crystal xx

julia said...

'St Trinians' sounds like my kind of film. Can't wait till it makes its way across the pond.

lady thinker said...

I've just sent a tag your way on a household tips meme if you'd be interested..?

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

There's nothing like a bit of anarchy on a lazy Sunday afternoon! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Are you surrounded by an aura of relaxation following your massage?

The Rotten Correspondent said...

One more to add to the list!

Flowerpot said...

ellee - yes that;s how I sold it to my husband!

MissU - I love going to the pictures. Particularly a matinee on a weekend.

Ak - yes well worth a visit.

Flowerpot said...

Crystal - its one of those that would work just as well on a DVD.

Julia - I'm sure you'll enjoy when it gets to your side of the pond.

lady thinker - thanks I'll go and take a look!

Flowerpot said...

Graham - unfortunately the aura of relaxation fell off quite quickly - mind you, that might be why I'm sleeping for England at the moment!

RC - good to see you again and hope things are a little better in your neck of the woods.