My Old School

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Certificate15
Year2022
GenreDocumentary, Animation
DirectorJono McLeod
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 45MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Audio Accessible

Brought to life by Alan Cumming and featuring playful, period-specific animation, My Old School tells the astonishing true story of Scotland's most notorious imposter.

In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness. He took bullied students under his wing, introduced classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starred in the school's production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed.

Filmmaker Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, utilising animation, a pitch-perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of Alan Cumming to tell a surprising tale.

“This doc/animation hybrid is an eccentric little gem of a story, a tall tale told with irreverent cheer and considerable charm.” - Screen Daily