Filming started in London yesterday (6 July) on St. Trinian’s II: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold. As a boy I loved the original St. Trinian's films, especially the first three: The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957) and The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966). I have no recollection of director Frank Launder's other two in the series, The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) and The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980). When Oliver Parker's new version, simply called St. Trinian's, in 2007, I didn't want to watch it because it was unlikely to be good enough to compare with my childhood memories. And the reviews were not, on the whole, very positive.
I'm hoping Parker and co-driector Barnaby Thompson will do a better job of this new one, not least because it will be starring David Tennant. Rupert Everett will return as the headmistress, Miss Fritton, and it will also star Colin Firth, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie, Fenella Wollgar and Montserrat Lombard.
Screen Daily reports:
The film see the girls embark on a rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold, which sees them face the villainous Pomfrey, played by Tennant, and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.