Notes on a Scandal


Notes on a Scandal Information

Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 British drama/psychological thriller film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by ZoŽ Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film was directed by Richard Eyre. The soundtrack was composed by Philip Glass.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards " Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

Plot

Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) teaches history at a comprehensive school in London. A lonely old spinster, Barbara's only "intimate relationship" is with herself by means of a diary. When a new, younger teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), starts at the school, Barbara feels drawn to her and believes she "may be the one". Barbara discovers that Sheba is having an affair with a 15-year-old student, Steven Connolly (Andrew Simpson), and confronts her.

When Sheba asks her not to tell the school administration until Christmas so she can be with her family, Barbara explains she has no intention of telling, as long as Sheba ends the relationship. However, Sheba does not end the affair, causing Barbara to taunt her emotionally, leading her to end the affair with Steven.

After the affair becomes public, Sheba moves into Barbara's house, believing the affair became known because Steven confessed it to his mother, but Sheba finds Barbara's diary and learns it was Barbara who leaked the story of the affair. When Barbara returns from a shopping trip, she is confronted by Sheba, who strikes her in anger. A row ensues; Sheba calls Barbara a "vampire". Barbara says she has done her a favour by getting her out of a hopeless marriage. The two of them continue to shout and fight with one another, and Sheba claims that Barbara never really liked her, but in fact manipulated her for her own personal needs.

Sheba runs outside with Barbara's journal to streams of reporters and photographers. She shouts at them hysterically, but becomes hemmed in, at which point Barbara rescues her. Sheba's emotions spent, she quietly tells Barbara that she had initiated the friendship with Barbara because she liked her and they could have been friends. Barbara says she needs more than a friend.

Sheba leaves Barbara, placing the journal on the table. Sheba returns to her family home. Richard and Sheba face one another silently for several moments, and then Richard allows her to enter. Sheba is sentenced to 10 months in jail. In the final scene, Barbara meets another younger woman who is reading a newspaper about the Sheba Hart affair. Barbara says she used to know Sheba, but acts as if they hardly knew each other. Barbara introduces herself, invites her to a concert, and the pair continue to talk.

Cast

  • Judi Dench as Barbara Covett
  • Cate Blanchett as Bathsheba ("Sheba" or "Bash") Hart
  • Bill Nighy as Richard Hart
  • Andrew Simpson as Steven Connolly
  • Tom Georgeson as Ted Mawson
  • Michael Maloney as Sandy Pabblem
  • Joanna Scanlan as Sue Hodge
  • Shaun Parkes as Bill Rumer
  • Emma Williams as Linda
  • Phil Davis as Brian Bangs
  • Juno Temple as Polly Hart
  • Max Lewis as Ben Hart
  • Anne-Marie Duff as Annabel

Filming

The film was shot on location in the Parliament Hill, Gospel Oak and Camden Town areas of northwest London.

Reception

Critical reaction

The film opened to generally positive reviews, receiving a Rotten Tomatoes "Certified Fresh" rating of 87%. The Guardian called the film a "delectable adaptation" with "tremendous acting from Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, with many blue-chip supporting contributions and a "screenwriting masterclass from Patrick Marber". The Times praised the film, saying: "Notes on a Scandal, is screenwriting at its vicious best... Richard Eyre directs the film like a chamber play. He leans on Philip Glass's ever-present and insistent music like a crutch. But his natural gift for framing scenes is terrifically assured. A potent and evil pleasure."

American publications also gave the film acclaim, with the Los Angeles Times describing the film as "Sexy, aspirational and post-politically correct, Notes on a Scandal could turn out to be the Fatal Attraction of the noughties." The Washington Post noted the "dark brilliance" and that it "offers what is possibly the only intelligent account of such a disaster ever constructed, with a point of view that is somewhat gimlet-eyed and offered with absolutely no sentimentality whatsoever." The reviewer also identified the film as a "study in the anthropology of British liberal-left middle-class life." Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert heaped praise on the film and the acting performances "Perhaps the most impressive acting duo in any film of 2006. Dench and Blanchett are magnificent. Notes on a Scandal is whip-smart, sharp and grown up."

However, the Houston Chronicle criticized the film as a melodrama, saying, "[d]ramatic overstatement saturates just about every piece of this production".

Commercial

The film grossed $49,752,391 worldwide, exceeding its £15 million budget.

Soundtrack

Main article: Notes on a Scandal (soundtrack)
The original score for the movie was composed by Philip Glass. The film features a song by Toots & The Maytals and another by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Awards and nominations

79th Academy Awards nominees:

  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
  • Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay " Patrick Marber
  • Nominated: Best Original Score " Philip Glass
BAFTA Awards

  • Nominated: Best British Film
  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay " Patrick Marber
British Independent Film Awards

  • Nominated: Best British Independent Film
  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Performance by a Supporting Actor or Actress in a British Independent Film " Cate Blanchett
  • Won: Best Screenplay " Patrick Marber
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Picture
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
  • Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay " Patrick Marber
  • Nominated: Best Original Score
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Evening Standard British Film Awards

  • Won: Best Actress " Judi Dench
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
  • Nominated: Best Screenplay " Patrick Marber
London Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Nominated: Actress of the Year " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: British Actress of the Year " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: British Supporting Actor of the Year " Bill Nighy
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Online Film Critics Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
  • Nominated: Best Original Score " Phillip Glass
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Nominated: Best Actress " Judi Dench
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress " Cate Blanchett



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