Education Archive

  • NAOMIE HARRIS (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) brings the real life of Kenyan head teacher Jane Obinchu to the big screen in her latest film, THE FIRST GRADER. The film is based on the true story of 84-year-old Mau Mau warrior Maruge, who fought long and hard for the right to receive the free education that the Kenyan government promised all its citizens. Click on the audio files below to hear Harris talk to film...

    Naomie Harris – The First Grader

    NAOMIE HARRIS (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) brings the real life of Kenyan head teacher Jane Obinchu to the big screen in her latest film, THE FIRST GRADER. The film is based on the true story of 84-year-old Mau Mau warrior Maruge, who fought long and hard for the right to receive the free education that the Kenyan government promised all its citizens. Click on the audio files below to hear Harris talk to film...

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  • British writer-director DEBBIE ISITT and actor JASON WATKINS join forces for the second time on Christmas movie NATIVITY! Like their first collaboration Confetti, Nativity! is improvised by its stars including Watkins (Being Human), Martin Freeman (The Office), Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), and Marc Wootton (Shirley Ghostman). Watkins plays actor-turned-teacher Gordon Shakespeare who indulges his love of the theatre by staging his school’s nativity play each year. While Shakespeare’s efforts are always greeted with success, fellow...

    Jason Watkins & Debbie Isitt – Nativity!

    British writer-director DEBBIE ISITT and actor JASON WATKINS join forces for the second time on Christmas movie NATIVITY! Like their first collaboration Confetti, Nativity! is improvised by its stars including Watkins (Being Human), Martin Freeman (The Office), Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), and Marc Wootton (Shirley Ghostman). Watkins plays actor-turned-teacher Gordon Shakespeare who indulges his love of the theatre by staging his school’s nativity play each year. While Shakespeare’s efforts are always greeted with success, fellow...

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  • Danish director LONE SCHERFIG (Italian for Beginners) chats about the attraction of Lynn Barber’s memoirs and recreating the early 60s in her latest film, An Education. While actor MATTHEW BEARD (And When Did You Last See Your Father?) talks about northern acting heroes and his own education. MMM: What was it about Lynn Barber’s memoirs that you found so irresistible? Scherfig: I loved the tone, and the period, and the characters – they’re all very...

    Lone Scherfig (director) & Matthew Beard (actor) – An Education

    Danish director LONE SCHERFIG (Italian for Beginners) chats about the attraction of Lynn Barber’s memoirs and recreating the early 60s in her latest film, An Education. While actor MATTHEW BEARD (And When Did You Last See Your Father?) talks about northern acting heroes and his own education. MMM: What was it about Lynn Barber’s memoirs that you found so irresistible? Scherfig: I loved the tone, and the period, and the characters – they’re all very...

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  • DOMINIC COOPER (Mamma Mia!), star of An Education, chats about the appeal of Nick Hornby’s writing, 1960s music, and teenage rebellion. MMM: Why did Lynn Barber’s memoirs prove irresistible? Cooper: I found out about it quite late on, although I was very attracted to it immediately because I knew that it was Nick Hornby’s original screenplay. I grew up with his books, loving his books. I knew nothing about Lynn Barber’s memoirs at all, but...

    Dominic Cooper (actor) – An Education

    DOMINIC COOPER (Mamma Mia!), star of An Education, chats about the appeal of Nick Hornby’s writing, 1960s music, and teenage rebellion. MMM: Why did Lynn Barber’s memoirs prove irresistible? Cooper: I found out about it quite late on, although I was very attracted to it immediately because I knew that it was Nick Hornby’s original screenplay. I grew up with his books, loving his books. I knew nothing about Lynn Barber’s memoirs at all, but...

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  • British actress CAREY MULLIGAN (And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Pride & Prejudice) talks about drama school auditions, teenage rebellion, and how she’s coping with life in the limelight after her first starring role in An Education. MMM: You were 22 when you made the film, so how did you find getting back into the mindset of a 16-year-old? Mulligan: I’ve always played younger parts. When I was 19, I played a 14-year-old....

    Carey Mulligan (actress) – An Education

    British actress CAREY MULLIGAN (And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Pride & Prejudice) talks about drama school auditions, teenage rebellion, and how she’s coping with life in the limelight after her first starring role in An Education. MMM: You were 22 when you made the film, so how did you find getting back into the mindset of a 16-year-old? Mulligan: I’ve always played younger parts. When I was 19, I played a 14-year-old....

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  • From English student, to English teacher, to English set text. Film journalist Jan Gilbert finds out what’s next for author NICK HORNBY. When Cambridge University graduate Nick Hornby taught English at the city’s Parkside Community College, he had no idea that one day pupils would be studying his novels. It all started in 1992 with Hornby’s autobiographical tale Fever Pitch, a story of football fandom. For his latest film, An Education, Hornby has adapted another...

    Nick Hornby (writer) – An Education

    From English student, to English teacher, to English set text. Film journalist Jan Gilbert finds out what’s next for author NICK HORNBY. When Cambridge University graduate Nick Hornby taught English at the city’s Parkside Community College, he had no idea that one day pupils would be studying his novels. It all started in 1992 with Hornby’s autobiographical tale Fever Pitch, a story of football fandom. For his latest film, An Education, Hornby has adapted another...

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