Before Beatles Mania went into full force between 1962 and 1963 London was caught in a conservative post-war slump which would eventually lead to the Cultural Revolution soon to come. That time in history is artfully displayed through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in An Education, which opens on October 9th. We had the chance to speak exclusively with the films stars Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan and Dominic Cooper, as well as director Lone Scherfig about this touching and thought-provoking new film. To watch our exclusive video interviews click on the video clips below.
An Education is the story of a teenage girl's coming-of-age set in 1961 London, a city caught between the drab, post-war 1950s and the glamorous, more liberated decade to come. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) stands on the brink of becoming a woman: a brilliantly witty and attractive 16-year-old whose suburban life is about to be blown apart by the utterly unsuitable 30-something David (Peter Sarsgaard). Urbane and witty, David manages to charm her conservative parents Jack (Alfred Molina) and Marjorie (Cara Seymour). David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers with his attractive friend and business partner, Danny (Dominic Cooper) and Danny's girlfriend, the beautiful but vacuous Helen (Rosamund Pike). Just as Jenny's family's long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford seems within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life. Also starring Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Rosamund Pike, Matthew Beard and Sally Hawkins and directed by Lone Scherfig, An Education opens in limited release on October 9th.