MY OLD SCHOOL re-tells the unbelievable story of 16-year-old Brandon Lee. In 1993 Brandon enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starring in the school’s production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed. Filmmaker Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, Brandon Lee. Utilizing playful, period-specific animation, a pitch-perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of Alan Cumming to bring the tale to life, MY OLD SCHOOL offers more than one surprise along the way. With so many shocking twists and turns, MY OLD SCHOOL pushes the idea of documentary storytelling beyond a traditional lineage.
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MY OLD SCHOOL is opening in Los Angeles on Friday, July 29 theatrically.
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“The most brilliant aspect of McLeod’s project: He’s built a virtual time machine of sorts, one that invites everybody to head back to their old school in their minds.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“One of those unbelievable true stories so wild it must be true, Jono McLeod’s entertaining documentary “My Old School” is a must see.” – Nate Adams, The Only Critic
“Deliciously compelling…” – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
“This exceedingly creative and endlessly clever look back at a mysterious new student at a Scottish high school… works its true-crime storyline in a way that sticks with you as much as the more “serious” nonfiction entries.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone
“A fascinating mystery, a weird case study and an unalloyed delight.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation