When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins St.
George's as the new art teacher, Barbara Covett (Judi Dench)
senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one
drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara
becomes the keeper of her secret. NOTES ON A SCANDAL is a
story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love.
Based on Zoe Heller’s award-winning novel of the same name,
NOTES ON A SCANDAL is helmed by Richard Eyre (IRIS, STAGE
BEAUTY) from an adaptation penned by Patrick Marber
(CLOSER). It is produced by Scott Rudin & Robert Fox, who
previously partnered to produce Eyre’s IRIS as well as
CLOSER and THE HOURS.
Cate Blanchett won an Oscar®, a SAG Award and a BAFTA Award
for her supporting role in THE AVIATOR, which also garnered
her a fourth Golden Globe® Award nomination. Blanchett won a
Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for 1998’s ELIZABETH.
Judi Dench won an Oscar and a SAG Award for SHAKESPEARE in
LOVE. The five-time Golden Globe nominee won for her roles
in MRS. BROWN and “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.” She
has won six BAFTA Film Awards for IRIS, MRS. BROWN,
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, A ROOM WITH A VIEW and FOUR IN THE
Richard Eyre previously directed IRIS, which won an Oscar
and a Golden Globe for Jim Broadbent and Oscar and Golden
Globe nominations for both Judi Dench and Kate Winslet. The
film also won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for five
including Best British Film and Best Screenplay. Eyre’s
well-received STAGE BEAUTY featured an all star cast
including Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett and Tom
Wilkinson. Eyre won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama
for “Tumblewood” and the Evening Standard British Film Award
for THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH.
Patrick Marber’s award-winning plays include “Closer,” which
won an Olivier, Evening Standard and London and NY Critics
Circle Awards for Best Play; “Dealer's Choice,” which won
Writers Guild and Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy;
“After Miss Julie;” “Howard Katz” and “The Musicians.” His
work has been performed in more than 100 cities across the
globe. Marber’s 2004 adaptation for the feature film CLOSER,
directed by Mike Nichols and starring Julia Roberts, Jude
Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen, was nominated for both
Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Marber also co-wrote the
screenplay for ASYLUM, directed by David Mackenzie and based
on the novel by Patrick McGrath.
© 2006 Fox Searchlight Pictures .
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