(Great Britain/USA, 2006, 90 minutes)
A lonely, bitter teacher at a troubled London school befriends the new art teacher — and, after catching her having an affair with an underage student, blackmails her into being her best friend. Impeccably presented psychological melodrama-cum-character study that exists essentially as an efficient showpiece for two excellent actresses.
Fox Searchlight Pictures and DNA Films present, in association with the UK Film Council and BBC Films, a Scott Rudin/Robert Fox production, presented in association with Ingenious Film Partners 2. Starring Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson. Directed by Richard Eyre; produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Fox; screenplay by Patrick Marber, based on the novel Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller; music by Philip Glass; director of photography (Technicolor), Chris Menges; production and costume designer, Tim Hatley; film editors, John Bloom and Antonia van Drimmelen.