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Ahead of the Class (2005)

Drama based on real-life events. Marie Stubbs, a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is coming up to retirement age, takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's ... See full summary »

Director:

Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Robert Jones (adaptation), Marie Stubbs (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Marie Stubbs
Inday Ba ... Trudy Gower (as N'Deaye Ba)
Reece Dinsdale ... Sean Devlin
Michelle Fairley ... Sonia Venning
Danny Nussbaum ... Tomas Moreira
Tony Slattery ... Stuart Stiles
Hannah Yelland ... Tracey O'Leary
Anton Lesser ... Graham Ranger
Adrian Rawlins ... Tony Mackersie
Frances Gold Frances Gold ... Lusha
Amy Jo Lamb Amy Jo Lamb ... Debbie Campbell
Calum MacNab ... Jason Foley (as Callum McNab)
Heshima Thompson Heshima Thompson ... Rory
Dan Anthony Dan Anthony ... Carmichael
Tina Asihene Tina Asihene ... Marsha
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Drama based on real-life events. Marie Stubbs, a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is coming up to retirement age, takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's School in north west London which was facing closure after the notorious murder of its previous headmaster, Philip Lawrence, in 1995 as he was breaking up a fight between his pupils and those from a rival school. Written by Anonymous

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The Story Of Teaching, Transformation And Triumph

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La principale See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When Marie confronts the staff she quotes "If thou of fortune be bereft" by US poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92), sometimes known as "Buy hyacinths for thy soul". See more »

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References Sister Act (1992) See more »

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A Feel good film for the masses
7 August 2007 | by Gucci-yayaSee all my reviews

Certainly not the best film I've ever seen Julie Walters do but definitely thought provoking.

Julie Walters portrayal of Glasgow born Headmistress Mhairi Stubbs was fantastic. She makes the character stand out like a head of school should. And Julies Glasgow accent, phenomenally done, a Real blast from home, You would never suspect she was a midlands girl after watching this.

The film successfully displays the atmosphere to be found in a lot of schools all over the country even mine once or twice. This film encourages the viewer to look back on school experiences and smile.

Ahead of the class made for an enjoyable and at times gripping movie experience and personally, I would watch it again.


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