AN EDUCATION is the story of a teenage girl’s coming-of-age set in early 1960s London, a city caught between the drab, post-war 1950s and the glamorous, more liberated decade to come. Jenny stands on the brink of becoming a woman: a brilliantly witty and attractive 17-year-old whose suburban life is about to be blown apart by the rather unsuitable 30-something Alan. He introduces her to an exciting new world of chic dinners with his charismatic, sophisticated friend and business partner Danny and his beautiful but vacuous girlfriend Helen, whisks her off to art auctions, smoky clubs and foreign trips. He charms her conservative and skeptical parents, Jack and Marjorie. But just as their long-held dream of Jenny getting into Oxford University seems within reach, another kind of life tempts her. Will Alan be the making or the undoing of Jenny?

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

Written by: Nick Hornby

Produced by: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

Cinematography: John de Borman

Cast: Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2010