An Education

Emma’s role: Headmistress
Directed by: Lone Scherfig
Screenplay by: Nick Hornby
Original novel by: Lynn Barber
Genre: Drama
Release date: US – 9 October 2009, UK – 30 October 2009

Other cast:
Carey Mulligan – Jenny
Peter Sarsgaard – David
Rosamund Pike – Helen
Alfred Molina – Jack
Sally Hawkins – Sarah
Dominic Cooper – Danny

Jenny is a bright young girl on the cusp of her 17th birthday who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a much older David. Prior to meeting David, Jenny was trying to excel in her life by studying to get into Oxford. Once she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined might so easily be hers, she is hooked and thoughts of Oxford go out the window. Then, when things are looking pretty good for Jenny with the dashing (yet a little too smooth) David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl to a sophisticated young lady and then all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all.

Carey Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that some of the most enjoyable moments of filming where when there were actors who only came in for a day or so, like Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson, and she particularly enjoyed the four scenes she shot with the latter, whom she described as being “amazing”, and called her acting “brilliant”.