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Issue: Autumn 2008

St Trinians (2007) movie review

Scandalous Schoolgirls

In this, the decade of the remake, part 2, we have yet another revisiting of past glories.

It seems that even moderately sucessful material is being rehashed by corporate film-makers. Excuse me, corporate product makers.

St Trinians in the black and white original was a series based on quirky cartoons. The films were surreal and loaded with sight gags as befitted their origins. The reflected a particularly British strain of humour.

The belles of St Trinians are back, updated with today's favourite campy actors and a new generation of law-breaking.

Movie poster, St Trinians; Festivale film review

Movie poster, St Trinians; Festivale film review

School can be a riot

The result is strained, over-long and schizophrenic. The film lacks focus and the high-tech robberies don't sit well with the low-brow humour. In the originals the thefts and misdemeanours were as low-tech and any other part of the students' lives. No surpise that the film has an over-abundance of directors and writers.

A waste of good actors and film stock. Sad really, nobody can touch the Brits at their comedic best. This film, however isn't close to their potentional.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 27 March 2008
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Title: Saint Trinians (2007)
Written by: Piers Ashworth writer, Jamie Minoprio additional material, Nick Moorcroft writer, Ronald Searle cartoons, Jonathan M. Stern additional material
Directed by: Oliver Parker & Barnaby Thompson
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The Players: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Stephen Fry,

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