The History Boys (2006)


God knows why you’ve learnt Brief Encounter’

Nicholas Hyther directs this film based on the play by Alan Bennett about a group of teenage boys in the 1980s who are pushed by their teachers to get into Oxford and Cambridge. Crowther (Samuel Anderson) Posner (Samuel Barnett) Dakin (Dominic Cooper) Timms (James Corden) Akthar (Sacha Dhawan) Lockwood (Andrew Knott) Scripps (Jamie Parker) and Rudge (Russell Tovey)  are the group of boys who have obtained the highest A Level results. However, they are faced with the clash in teaching styles; the General Studies teacher ‘Hector’ (played by the legendary late Richard Griffiths) the deputy head and History teacher Mrs Lintott (Frances de la Tour) and the temporary teacher Tom Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore).

An overall great film with a remarkable cast. My favourite part was when they had to re-enact an iconic scene from David Lean’s Brief Encounter. However, since one of my Grandfathers passed away at Christmas I have found the ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ piece the boys sing at Hector’s funeral very emotional to watch.


My rating 3.5/5

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