St Trinian?s that most British of comedy films is deeply rooted in the culture of Britain. The books and films were based on a series of cartoons by British cartoonist Ronald Searle. The ladies of St Trinians vary between sharp, sly, sexy and brutish with many being well armed with hockey sticks and other assorted scholarly weapons whilst still others were armed with sexy stockings and suspenders and the skimpiest of school uniforms. The uniforms on some of the girls were modified to show a little more leg and a little more cleavage than English public schools, like Rodean, would feel appropriate.
Smoking and drinking among the girls was de rigueur and the staff left something to be desired, much like the ?teachers? in Evelyn Waugh?s ?Decline and Fall? ? another British classic.
St Trinians is believed to be named after a school in Edinburgh, Scotland which opened in 1922 under the tutelage of one, Miss C. Fraser Lee, the school being called St Trinnean?s. The ethos employed by the school was one of self discipline rather than teacher imposed discipline, the ?Dalton system of education?, a potentially dangerous concoction.
The first St Trinian?s film came in 1954 and was soon followed by several others featuring great British actors such as Alastair Sim, dressed as the female headmistress ?Miss Millicent Fritton?, George Cole as the oily ?Flash Harry? and Joyce Grenfell as Sgt Ruby Gates.
Miss Fritton?s belief was? ?In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared."
In the 2007 St Trinians movie, headmistress Camilla Fritton, played by that great British actor Rupert Everett (in drag), sees ?her? school faced with closure by the bank and threatened by the ?wicked? Education Minister Geoffrey Thwaites played by lovely Colin Firth. The warring cliques of girls within the school decide to unite to save the school coming up with a cunning plan to steal Johannes Vermeer?s ?Girl with a Pearl Earring? from the National Gallery. With such an impressive cast, including Jodie Whittaker, Lena Headey, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Tamsin Egerton, Caterina Murino and the gorgeous Lucy Punch the new St Trinians movie is sure to be a success and a must see.
To see our own School mistress why not visit the Mio School of Lingerie for Men?.there are no hockey sticks but you?d better pay attention!