- General info
Survival of the fittest is the philosophy at all boys boarding school Caldermount. If you're not a champion on the sports field, you're a nobody. No one knows this better than bookworm Amberson (Alex Lawther), who's been at the bottom of the social ladder since he can remember. When the French teacher's fiery daughter Agnes arrives, Amberson's life is turned upside down. He suddenly finds himself playing matchmaker for Winchester, the school's handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero. Winchester definitely has the looks to win over Agnes but it's Amberson who has the wits. Will Amberson have the courage to reveal himself to her and stand up for who he really is?
- Alex Lawther, Jonah Hauer-King, Pauline Etienne, Denis Ménochet, Joshua McGuire, Nicholas Rowe, Eros Vlahos, Robbie Fraser, Nicholas Agnew, Paul Cawley, Will Christopherson, Joshua Frater-Loughlin, David Gordon-Dixon, Jason Lines, Giles Malcolm, Martyn Mayger, Archie Merry, Sam Redland, Boyd Rogers, Lenny Rush
- Toby MacDonald
- Luke Ponte, Freddy Syborn
- Wildstar Sales
- British Films, Comedy
- Release Date:
- Not released
- Run Time:
- 93 minutes
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The English public school narrative with it's bully or be bullied life has been very well mined by filmmakers for years. This doesn't really offer much that's new, utilising the basic elements of the Cyrano de Bergerac story to tell the story of nerdy student Amberson (Alex Lawther), who is low down the food chain in a clichéd public school that gives more importance to it's tough rugby style game than teaching the boys the basics of life. He falls helplessly in love with Agnés (Pauline Etienne), the daughter of the new French teacher but she only has eyes for the handsome but dimwitted head boy, Winchester (Jonah Hauer-King). Amberson agrees to help Winchester to impress her but all the time his romantic efforts just show his own ever deepening love. The film has some humour but it's ultimately a bit of a lame film and Lawther deserves better than playing another posh nerd.
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