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Jordan Scott’s debut film is an adpatation of Sheila Kohler’s novel Cracks, adapted by the director and Brit TV stalwarts Ben Court and Caroline Ip. It stars Eva Green as teacher in an all-girls school in 1930s who gets drawn into an inappropriate relationship.

After the break, a series of stills, the official synopsis, the poster and the first trailer. You’ll see that, if nothing else, Scott and cinematographer John Mathieson have created a good looking movie. The word I picked up from the film’s London Film Festival premiere on Sunday, however, was that that Cracks is more than just a pretty trinket. Fingers crossed that wasn’t just festival fever speaking.

We’ll start with the official synopsis:

In an austere and remote all girls boarding school, the most elite clique of girls are the illustrious members of the schools’ diving team. Di, Lily, Poppy, Laurel, Rosie and Fuzzy are the envy of their fellow pupils who watch on as the girls compete for the attention of their glamorous teacher Miss G (Eva Green).

Miss G in turn thrives on the attention she receives from her girls and believes it is her role to teach them the ways of the world. As Team Captain, Di is closest of all the girls to Miss G but her position is challenged when a beautiful Spanish girl, Fiamma, arrives at the school and joins the diving team.

Di pulls rank as team captain and lays down the rules in an attempt to assert her position but Miss G is spellbound by Fiamma’s beauty and maturity and becomes obsessed with her new favourite girl…

There’s even more plot information in the trailer. Not having read the novel I can’t tell you how much of the narrative this promo is whipping through, but it certainly seems like a lot.

Altogether more enigmatic are the following stills and poster. Cracks is released in the UK on December 4th while the US release schedule will depend on who bites after the AFM.

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As a final footnote, there’s some spoiler material in the BBFC’s classification for the film. They go to great pains to explain their 15 certification and as a result can’t avoid discussing the film’s more taboo content. It sounds provocative – and I hope it is. In the right way. This info certainly goes some way to distinguish Scott’s film from, say, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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