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TIFF 09 – Jordan Scott’s Cracks Offers Unconventional Life Lessons

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Jordan Scott is a first-time feature film director, but she’s not new to show business. Her festival entry, the boarding school thriller Cracks, is a Scott Free production, the company founded by her filmmaker dad, Ridley, and uncle Tony, also a director.

The movie was described by Vanity Fair as The Children’s Hour meets Lord of the Flies and Scott told me she finds the description apt. The movie centers around mischievous young women in a British boarding school instructed by Miss G (Eva Green). “The most important thing in life,” Miss G tells her students, “is desire.” It’s not exactly what you might expect from a boarding school teacher, and that’s exactly the point, said Scott.

Cracks is based on the 1999 novel by Sheila Kohler. This movie is one Scott feels can apply to any time and place, not just the 1930s, when its set. The film, unlike the novel which takes place in South Africa, is set in England and was filmed in Ireland, one of the many TIFF09 films shot there. Scott told me she switched locales because of her own British upbringing and schooling, which created a sense of personal connection for her.

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