The History Boys (2006)
Saturday 27th January 2007
The highly acclaimed and hugely entertaining film, The History Boys, penned by Alan Bennett and based on his award-winning play, is released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on DVD on 5th March 2007.
This warm, funny and touching film has an all star cast including Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Stephen Campbell Moore (Bright, Young, Things), Dominic Cooper (Starter for Ten), Samuel Barnett (Mrs Henderson Presents) and James Corden (Starter for Ten) and is directed by Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George); his fourth feature film and his second collaboration with Alan Bennett.
Set in Sheffield in the 1980's, this immensely funny British comedy follows the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys in pursuit of a place at Oxbridge. However, their loyalties to the popular and eccentric English teacher, Hector (Griffiths) and the dry, prim history mistress Mrs Linnott (de la Tour) are torn when a young, highly driven and results orientated supply teacher, Mr Irwin (Campbell Moore), is recruited to ensure they achieve the grades that the Headmaster (Clive Merrison) is so desperate for them to realise.
Encapsulating all that is popular and engaging about Bennett's work, The History Boys is a warm and nostalgic look at school life and the anarchy of adolescence. The film includes Bennett's inimitable trade mark humour, impeccable observation of everyday life and a wry and completely irresistible manner.
Bennett's film adaptation include some new characters: Art teacher Mrs Bibby (Penelope Wilton, Calendar Girls); Sports teacher Mr Wilkes (Adrian Scarborough, Vera Drake) and Fiona (Georgia Taylor, Blackpool), the Headmaster's alluring secretary, all of whom add an extra layer of temptation and intrigue to the teachers as well as the boys' already eventful lives.
The History Boys is a fresh, uproarious, pacy and heart-warming tale written by a master of his genre; a snapshot of school life in the eighties and the trials and tribulations that go hand in hand with adolescence, all to the background sounds of The Clash, New Order and The Pretenders.
- Feature Commentary: By Director Nicholas Hytner
- Featurette 1: The Making of The History Boys
- Featurette 2: Cast's camera recordings of their theatrical experiences
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.