The astonishing true story of Scotland’s most notorious imposter. It’s 1993, and 16-year-old Brandon is the new kid in school. Soon he’s top of the class, acing exams and even taking the lead in the school musical. He’s the model pupil until he’s unmasked…
In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness. He took bullied students under his wing, introduced classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starred in the school’s production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed.
Filmmaker Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, Brandon Lee. Utilising playful, period-specific animation, a pitch-perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of Alan Cumming to bring the tale to life, MY OLD SCHOOL offers more than one surprise along the way.
“This doc/animation hybrid is an eccentric little gem of a story, a tall tale told with irreverent cheer and considerable charm.”- Screen Daily
“This improbable story is … too good not to be shared.” – Salon
“Engrossing, thoughtful, touching and frequently funny.” – Daily Express
UistFilm Presents a series of monthly film screenings, each last Saturday of the month at Talla Chàirinis. We’re delighted to be showing My Old School.
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UistFilm Programme: Upcoming Screenings
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June 24th – My Old School
February 25th – Heading West
March 25th – Winners
April 29th – This Changes Everything
June 3rd – Aftersun
Jono McLeod began his career as an onscreen reporter for Scottish TV news before moving behind the camera at BBC Scotland. He’s since directed documentaries and factual programming for every major UK TV network. His debut short film, BEING STAVROS, was a hit with audiences at scores of major gay film festivals, including Los Angeles Outfest, San Francisco Frameline, Toronto Inside Out and Moscow Side by Side. MY OLD SCHOOL is his first feature film.
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