Notes on a Scandal


1h 32m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Barbara Covett, the keeper of an acerbic diary, is a domineering and solitary teacher who rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Save for her cat, Portia, Barbara lives alone, without friends or confidantes--but her world changes when she meets

Film Details

Also Known As
Notes From a Scandal, What Was She Thinking?
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

Barbara Covett, the keeper of an acerbic diary, is a domineering and solitary teacher who rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Save for her cat, Portia, Barbara lives alone, without friends or confidantes--but her world changes when she meets the school's new attractive art teacher, Sheba Hart. Sheba appears to be the kindred spirit and loyal friend Barbara has always been seeking. But when she discovers that Sheba is having an incendiary affair with one of her young students, their budding relationship takes an ominous turn. Now, as Barbara threatens to expose Sheba's terrible secret to both her husband and the world, Barbara's own secrets and dark obsessions come tumbling to the fore, exposing the deceptions at the core of each of the women's lives.

Crew

Nwachukwu Aghanya

Apprentice

Colette Appleby

Stand-In

Grant Armstrong

Art Director

Shaheen Baig

Casting

Philip Ball

Stand-In

Randall Balsmeyer

Titles

Sam Barnes

Loader

Keziah Barton-white

Script Supervisor

Ian Bee

Carpenter

Jason Bennett

Sound

Les Benson

Other

Gary Birmingham

Transportation Coordinator

John Bloom

Editor

Steve Blythe

Electrician

Ashley Bond

Camera Assistant

Paul Bond

Camera Operator

Dan Bora

Music Engineer

Paul Bowring

Carpenter

John Bradbury

Original Music

Stuart Brisdon

Special Effects Coordinator

Peter Burgis

Foley Artist

Jayne Buxton

Hair

Jayne Buxton

Makeup Artist

Catherine Byrne

Art Department

Francesca Castellano

Production Coordinator

Missy Coen

Music Editor

Ed Colyer

Foley Recordist

Stephen Conway

Props

Douglas Cooper

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Clive Coote

Photography

Martin Corbett

Assistant Editor

Martin Czembor

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Hattie Dalton

Other

John Davies

Painter

Joseph Debeasi

Music Editor

Andie Derrick

Foley Artist

Nrinder Dhudwar

Stunt Coordinator

Chris Dibble

Music Scoring Mixer

Lee Dichter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Neil Dickson

Production

Michael Diliberti

Assistant

Diana Dill

Script Supervisor

Sara Dony

Medic

Polly Duval

Post-Production Supervisor

Thomas Elgood

Location Scout

Ian Ellis

Location Scout

John Ensby

Liaison

Dan Erstad

Assistant

Lucy Eyre

Assistant Set Decorator

Eamonn Fitzgerald

Electrician

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Electrician

Polly Fletcher

Accounting Assistant

Simon Fogg

Grip

Robert Fox

Producer

Vic Fraser

Music

Philip Glass

Original Music

Heidi Gower

Assistant Director

Emily Graham

Office Runner

Jim Greenhorn

Sound Mixer

Isobel Griffiths

Original Music

Trevor Gureckis

Music

Mark Haddenham

Special Effects

Ruth Halliday

Consultant

Howard Halsall

Voice Casting

Tarn Harper

Post-Production Accountant

Jimmy Harris

Electrician

Peter Harris

Electrician

Martin Harrison

Assistant Director

Jane Harwood

Assistant Art Director

Tim Hatley

Production Designer

Tim Hatley

Costume Designer

Emma Heath

Costumes

Nigel Heath

Foley

Zoe Heller

Source Material

Frederick Hibbert

Song

Richard Hill

Assistant Location Manager

Daniel Hillsdon

Accounting Assistant

Alex Hobbs

Video Playback

Peter Hodge

Production

Vandra Howard

Costumes

Eamonn Hughes

Hairdresser

Rob Hunt

Stunts

Simon Hutchings

Painter

Therese Hvattum

Camera Trainee

Gary Hymns

Grip

Jake Jackson

Music Engineer

Helen Johnson

Hair

Helen Johnson

Makeup Artist

Lionel Johnson

Assistant Sound Editor

Joshua Jones

Carpenter

Sam Jones

Music Engineer

Jemma Kearney

Assistant

Nathan Kelly

Assistant

Tony Kernan

Production

Rebecca Lafford

Makeup Artist

Jane Leonard

Costumes

Russell Lodge

Location Scout

Maggie Lunn

Casting

Patrick Marber

Screenplay

David Martin

Carpenter

Tina Maskell

Stunts

James Mather

Sound Supervisor

Maxie Mcdonald

Property Master

Stephen Mcdonald

Props

Chris Menges

Director Of Photography

Barney Miller

Office Runner

Mark Milsome

Camera Assistant

Kate Morath

Boom Operator

Redmond Morris

Executive Producer

Hannah Moseley

Art Director

Nico Muhly

Music Producer

Nico Muhly

Music Conductor

Neil Murrum

Props

Rachel Neale

Unit Production Manager

Ichiho Nishiki

Music Engineer

Cian O'clery

Art Department

Harriet Orman

Production

David Otzen

Costumes

Tim Owens

Dialogue Editor

Vanraaj Padhaal

Production Secretary

Matt Parsons

Painter

Peter Pedrero

Stunts

Emily Plant

Electrician

Urszula Pontikos

Loader

Greg Press

Rigging Grip

Holly Pullinger

Coordinator

James P Queen

Assistant

Mark Raggett

Art Director

Jacob Ribicoff

Supervising Sound Editor

Sara Richardson

Assistant

Michael Riesman

Music

Michael Riesman

Music Conductor

Lee Robertson

Assistant Location Manager

Danny Roman

Assistant

Scott Rudin

Producer

Christian Rutledge

Music Coordinator

Penny Ryder

Stand-In

Marie Sayej

Apprentice

Martin Scoones

Color Timer

Shruti Shah

Production Accountant

Paul Sharpe

Best Boy

Mira Shin

Assistant

Caroline Smith

Set Decorator

Diana Smith

Assistant Sound Editor

Michael Prestwood Smith

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Derek Somaru

Music Editor

Stuart Stanley

Sound Editor

Amanda Stevens

Location Manager

Chris Stoaling

Assistant Director

Nigel Stone

Adr Editor

Joseph Stracey

Sound Editor

Eric Strausser

Sound

John Street

Stunts

Graham Sutton

Music Editor

Robin Thistlethwaite

Construction Manager

Mark Thomas

Electrician

Andy Thompson

Adr

Derek Trigg

Foley Editor

Antonia Van Drimmelen

Editor

Amanda Waddington

Painter

Helen Walker

Accounting Assistant

Charlie Waller

Assistant Director

Gavin Walters

Rigging Gaffer

Lee Walters

Gaffer

Joan Washington

Coach

Dennis Watson

Rigging Electrician

Peter Watson

Props

Jay Weeks

Apprentice

Jonathan Wells

Carpenter

Lisa Westcott

Hair

Lisa Westcott

Makeup

Kem White

Graphics

Ben Wilkinson

Props

Kirsty Wilkinson

Wardrobe Dresser

Ben Wilson

Camera Focus Puller

Dave Wren

Sound

Allison Wyldeck

Costume Supervisor

Film Details

Also Known As
Notes From a Scandal, What Was She Thinking?
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2006
Judi Dench

Best Adapted Screenplay

2006

Best Score

2006

Best Supporting Actress

2006
Cate Blanchett

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2006 award for Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Limited Release in United States December 27, 2006

Released in United States Winter December 27, 2006

Released in United States on Video April 17, 2007

Released in United States February 2007

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Out of Competition) February 8-18, 2007.

Based on the novel "What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal" written by Zoe Heller; published by Henry Holt August, 2003.

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.

Limited Release in United States December 27, 2006 (major markets)

Released in United States Winter December 27, 2006

Released in United States on Video April 17, 2007

Released in United States February 2007 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Out of Competition) February 8-18, 2007.)

Winner of the Teddy Ballot Volkswagen Audience Award at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.