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My Old School

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(c) Going Back Ltd


The astonishing true story of Scotland's most notorious imposter. Top of the class, acing exams, 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 became 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.
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2022 - World premiere


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Running Time
104 min
Jono McLeod 1st Feature
John Archer, Olivia Lichtenstein
Berny McGurk
Jono McLeod
Director of Photography
George Cameron Geddes
Principal Cast
Alan Cumming, Lulu

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Last updated 8th December 2022

Production Company

Going Back Ltd
c/o Hopscotch Films
Film City Glasgow
401 Govan Road
G51 2QJ
+44 (0)1414406740