OLD BOYS is a coming of age movie inspired by the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story.
Inspired by the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story (celebrating its 400th year anniversary), OLD BOYS uses the backdrop of an all-boys boarding school for a quirky and heartfelt teenage take on the entertaining love triangle comedy. Winner of the Audience Award at last year’s Dinard Film Festival, OLD BOYS will be released in cinemas on 22 February with special Q&A screenings with the director and cast taking place in key cities.
OLD BOYS stars Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne, Jonah Hauer-King, Denis Ménochet & Joshua McGuire.
Alex Lawther, critically acclaimed for his role as the young Alan Turing in the multi-award winning The Imitation Game, and his recent lead role in the Channel 4/Netflix series ‘The End of the Fucking World’, heads up a cast of talented young actors, including César and Lumière-nominated French actress Pauline Étienne (La religieuse), rising star Jonah Hauer-King (‘Little Women’), Denis Ménochet (Assassin’s Creed) and Joshua McGuire (‘Lovesick’).
OLD BOYS marks the feature film debut for director Toby MacDonald and producer Luke Morris from a script by Luke Ponte and Freddy Syborn, the team behind the BAFTA-nominated short films, Je t’aime John Wayne and Heavy Metal Drummer.
Synopsis: ‘Survival of the fittest’ is the philosophy at all boys’ boarding school Caldermount.
‘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, who’s been at the bottom of the school’s 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?
A fresh and vibrant comedy, Old Boys is a modern twist on the timeless story of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Director Toby Macdonald started working on film sets as a runner at the age of 16.
Director Toby Macdonald started working on film sets as a runner at the age of 16. His short film Je T’aime John Wayne about a young Englishman obsessed with the French New Wave was nominated for a BAFTA, selected for Directors Fortnight in Cannes, won the TCM Prize for Best Short at the London Film Festival and won the European Film Academy Award for Best Short. His follow up, the critically acclaimed short Heavy Metal Drummer, was also nominated for a BAFTA and was selected for film festivals all over the world. Shot in Morocco in arabic, it told the story of a teenage drummer and his unrequited passion for metal. Toby has directed award winning commercials working with Partizan London and the series ‘My Life In Film’ for BBC2.
Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Alex Lawther is well known for his role as the young Alan Turing...
Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Alex Lawther is well known for his role as the young Alan Turing in the Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, for which he was nominated for the ‘Best British Newcomer’ Award at The 58th BFI London Film Festival, and won the London Critics’ Circle Award for ‘Young British Performer of the Year’. He followed with roles in films including James Graham’s A Brilliant Young Mind, Andrew Steggall’s Departure, which won him the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival; Trudie Styler’s Freak Show, Simon Amstell’s Carnage, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories and Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin. His TV work includes the Emmy Award winning series ‘Black Mirror’, in which he starred in the episode ‘Shut Up and Dance’, the BBC’s miniseries ‘Howards End’ and the BAFTA and Emmy Award nominated Netflix/Channel 4 comedy teen drama ‘The End of the F***ing World’, of which he is about to film a second series. Alex has also recently joined the cast of Wes Anderson’s next film The French Dispatch.
OLD BOYS is released in UK Cinemas from 22nd February 2019 with Q&A screenings in London, Bristol, Manchester & Liverpool.
For more info visit the OLD BOYS Official Website