Sat Jan 21, 7:30 PM
Director: Jono McLeod
United Kingdom
104 minutes

“Bizarre in the best way.” (Celluloid Dreams)

In 1993, 16-year-old Canadian Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy in an affluent suburb of Glasgow. He overcame his initial awkwardness to make friends and impress teachers. He 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 to tell the strange but true story of his former classmate. As much as Brandon’s secret will amaze you, the hybrid form of documentary, animation and the incorporation of actors (including Alan Cumming lip-syncing Brandon’s memories and, yes, even Lulu) breathes fresh life into this story about the possibilities and ethics of reinventing who you are.

“My Old School will increasingly leave you slack-jawed.” (Austin Chronicle)

“An engrossing, often witty meditation on what it means to grow and evolve.” (Washington Post)

“An endlessly fascinating true crime documentary of an unusual story with the hall of mirrors casting of Alan Cumming.” (Celluloid Dreams)

This screening is part of the Adelaide Film Festival Curate Your Own Festival program. 
Unique in Australia, Curate Your Own Festival builds screen culture in regional towns by developing local curatorial skills. Every Festival, AFF invites four emerging regional curators to spend four days at the Festival to select films to take back to their town.
Find out more here.

Film Type Documentary
Age Recommendation M
Language English
Director Jono McLeod
Producer John Archer, Olivia Lichtenstein
Cinematographer George Geddes
Editor Berny McGurk, Jono McLeod
Cast Alan Cumming, Dawn Steele
Genre Comedy, Documentary