Notes on a Scandal


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Apr 19 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Apr 19 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2006
Run Time:92 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Richard Eyre
Cast:Judi Dench
Cate Blanchett
Bill Nighy


“Notes on a Scandal” is the third film in a month-long tribute to Dame Judi Dench with a special “Judi-Judi-Judi” series in April featuring a different Judi Dench film every Monday.

“Notes on a Scandal” garnered four Academy Award nominations, including Best Leading Actress for Judi Dench, Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

One woman’s mistake is another’s opportunity.

Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), a veteran teacher at St. George's, senses a kindred spirit in Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), the school's new art teacher. The younger woman's charisma intensely draws in the older, and the two become friends.

Then Barbara — who is trapped in a stately-yet-suffocating marriage to her husband (Bill Nighy) — learns of Sheba's affair with a teenage student and becomes the keeper of the explosive secret. Now, her intentions with this new "friend" go well beyond a platonic friendship.

“Notes on a Scandal” is a story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love.

“Judi Dench’s most brilliant screen performance to date.” — Daily Mail

“A tour de force performance by Judi Dench drives the film, but Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy also are marvelous in powerful, if more restrained, roles. Dench's insistent and sardonic narration is a highlight of the film.” — Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Anyone who loves live-wire acting will gasp in awe at Blanchett, more emotionally exposed than ever, and, most of all, at Dame Judi, who’s so electric she makes you quiver.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine