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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… An Education
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… An Education

It launched the career of Carey Mulligan, allowed Nick Hornby to add the term acclaimed screenwriter to his business cards and grossed over $25 million at the box office from a budget of $7.5 million. It’s moving British drama An Education.

Adapted from journalist Lynn Barber’s memoirs, it tells the story of Jenny, a 16-year old girl living with her parents in South London who is preparing to sit her entrance exams for Oxford University.

Jenny's life changes completely after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age who makes his living in the property game. He takes her to concerts, clubs and fine restaurants and she falls head over heels for him. But is he all he seems?

Mulligan stars as Jenny with Garden State’s Peter Sarsgaard playing David. Starring alongside them are Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson, while Lone Scherfig directs from Nick Hornby’s script.

Now on offer as part of hmv’s awards campaign we thought we’d revisit and bring you 10 things you didn’t know about An Education

 

It was Nick Hornby’s first adaptation…

Though Hornby had adapted his own novel Fever Pitch for the big screen, An Education was the first time he’d taken on someone else’s work.

 

And he was the originator of getting the film made…

Hornby’s first envisaged that Lynn Barber’s memoir could be a movie when he read an essay she’d written about the book in Granta magazine and thought it had all the ingredients of a great drama. He then gave it to his producing partner and wife Amanda and things went from there...

 

Lynn Barber had a particular set of conditions…

According to Hornby, Barber stipulated in her contract that she would be allowed to see and comment, but would not have the power to alter, every draft of the screenplay.

 

But wished she’d fought harder for one thing…

Speaking about the film after release, Barber admitted to one regret. In the film, Hornby had decided to change the name of Sarsgaard’s character from Simon to David, which is also the name of her husband. Though she loved the film, Barber now says she wishes she had “put up a fight” about that...

 

Orlando Bloom was due to take a key role…

Bloom was originally cast as Danny, David’s partner in crime, but ended up dropping out a week before filming started. He was swiftly replaced by Dominic Cooper.

 

Hornby and the producers had serious reservations about casting Carey Mulligan…

Mulligan was 22 when filming began and would be portraying a 16-year old character, something Hornby and the producers had serious concerns about. Though Mulligan had appeared in Pride & Prejudice, she wasn’t yet a household name and Hornby had hoped to cast an unknown in the role. In the end, though he and his worrying producing partners were convinced by the actress’s screentest.

 

It also lost its director halfway through development…

Originally, Beeban Kidron, who directed hit Bridget Jones sequel The Edge Of Reason, was attached to this film and remained so for a full 18 months, but in the end she was tempted away by British drama Hippie Hippie Shake, a movie, which despite having a cast that includes Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy, has never come out. Lone Scherfig, who would go to direct One Day and The Riot Club, stepped in.

 

Rosamund Pike wanted her role to show off something special…

Pike plays Helen, Jenny’s loyal, but not terribly bright friend. It’s a small part, something unexpected for Pike who was on her way to being A-Lister at the time. She took the role and fought for it. Why? She told interviewers “no one ever lets me be funny”...

 

It was up for three Oscars…

It scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress, but ended up going home empty handed. It did, however…

 

Carey Mulligan nabbed a BAFTA for her role…

Mulligan was the film’s only winner at the BAFTAs, despite it being up for a cool nine awards.


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