Notes on a Scandal (2007)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 28 mins

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Dark and boldly real, this complex psychological thriller delves into concepts of loneliness, loyalty, envy, love and the power of the desperation to which need and desire can drive us. This emotionally-charged drama follows the extraordinary sequence of events that unfold when Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins St. George’s as the new art teacher, Barbara (Judi Dench) senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara becomes the keeper of her secret.
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Cast: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench

Crew: Richard Eyre (Director), Chris Menges (Director of Photography), Philip Glass (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 02 Feb 2007 (India)

Tagline: One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity...

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Did you know? Jason Reitman read the script and wanted to direct it. He called up the producers on the phone with the intention of getting the job. The producers answered: "We are in editing right now, but I hope you'll like the film when it comes out." Read More
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as Sheba Hart
as Barbara Covett
as Martin
as Saskia
as Steven Connolly
as Richard Hart
as Lorraine
as Linda
as Sheba's Mother
as Sue Hodge
as Marjorie
as Polly Hart
as Davis
as Ben Hart
as Sandy Pabblem
as Brian Bangs
as Bill Rumer
as Mr. Connolly
as Antonia Robinson
as Ted Mawson
as Elaine Clifford


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Foley Artist
Boom Operator


Production Designer


Casting Director

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Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

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Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity...
Loneliness can turn one into a monster.
Crew/Equipment Visible
When Sheba is rampaging through Barbara's house in search of her journal, you can see a crew member in the mirror behind her as she goes to sit.

Revealing Mistakes
The LP that Steven picks up in Sheba's workshop is "Kaleidoscope" by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1980). The band's song that plays over the scene, however, is "Dizzy," which was first released as a single in 1992.

Character Error
Steven is stated as being fifteen years old and in Year 10. Pupils become fifteen during Year 10 (except in exceptional circumstances). Later in the film, Sheba states that he is going to be sixteen in May, i.e. he was already fifteen before entering Year 10.

When Brian and Barbara are sitting at her table, Barbara's cigarette has an inconsistent length.

When Barbara tries to tear away Sheba to return to the vet's office with her, the front passenger-side door of Sheba's automobile is opened/closed from shot to shot.

When Barbara visits Sheba for the first time, she's carrying a bouquet. She sits in the living room and puts her left arm over the flowers. In the next shot, her arm is under.

When Sheba goes up to her daughter's bedroom, she is listening to music on headphones, which disappear too quickly between shots.

When Sheba confronts Barbara about her diary, the makeup (eyeliner) she has smudged by crying changes. One moment she had dark thick eyeliner on, the next moment she has very little of eyeliner still on, and then the eyeliner comes back as before.
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench and Anne-Marie Duff have all played Queen Elizabeth I. Cate in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Judi in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Anne-Marie in The Virgin Queen (2005).

Nicholas Hoult went through several auditions for the role that Andrew Simpson eventually played.

Jason Reitman read the script and wanted to direct it. He called up the producers on the phone with the intention of getting the job. The producers answered: "We are in editing right now, but I hope you'll like the film when it comes out."

Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy have both appeared in productions of The Lord of the Rings. Blanchett played Galadriel in the Peter Jackson films, while Nighy played Sam Gamgee in the BBC Radio broadcast. Both productions also featured Ian Holm.

In Mexico, some press and merchandising material claimed this movie to be "A film by Bill Nighy", whereas Bill Nighy is an actor in this movie.