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In 1993, a new student from abroad enrolled in Bearsden Academy, a posh high school in the rich end of Glasgow. The son of a tragically killed opera star, 16-year-old Brandon Lee made an awkward first impression. But with superior schoolwork and an uncannily sophisticated taste in retro 80s bands, Lee made quick social strides and even landed the lead in the school production of South Pacific. No one at school saw the front-page scandal coming, including Brandon's classmates, brought back together by filmmaker Jono McLeod. Turning an objectively fascinating tale of deception into a work of personal storytelling makes McLeod's aesthetic choices all the more compelling. Using firsthand accounts from fellow students and "Brandon Lee" himself, McLeod serves up his stranger-than-fiction narrative via marvellous dramatization from star Alan Cumming. Daria-esque animation, voice acting by icon Lulu and a seminal period soundtrack make My Old School an irresistible tabloid tale with a Scottish heart of gold. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Jono McLeod
  • Producer(s)

    • John Archer
    • Olivia Lichtenstein
  • Writer(s)

    • Jono McLeod
  • Editor(s)

    • Benny McGurk
  • Cinematography

    • George Geddes
  • Composer

    • Shelly Poole
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