BAD EDUCATION

BEST SCREENPLAY

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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS — FILM #7 of 33
FEBRUARY 23, 2021
HBO MAX

BEST SCREENPLAY
Mike Makowsky

Film Synopsis

Bad Education is based on the true story of the Roslyn (NY) School District financial scandal that grabbed headlines in the early 2000s. The superintendent and business manager of the Roslyn School District racked up over $11.2 million dollars in extravagant personal expenses – the biggest public school embezzlement in American history. A charismatic and respected school veteran, Dr. Frank Tassone is shocked to learn that Pam Gluckin, his colleague and friend, has charged thousands to a school credit card for home improvement projects. A student journalist, Rachel, investigates the story for the high school paper, eventually uncovering that Tassone also misappropriated millions.

Looking at Best Screenplay

Capturing the sinister nature of people in a lighthearted way is a gift. Part of it is the performances from Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, but without an ironclad script to draw from, there’s no way they’d be as good as they were. With multiple layers and revelations throughout, there’s a downhill snowball gaining speed progression to the entire feature.

There are heavy hitters in the Best Screenplay category. “Minari” and “Promising Young Woman” are both Oscar contenders and have some heavy groundswell heading into any awards competition. After those two, I might even put “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” ahead of “Bad Education,” because it’s the type of film that was made for the Spirit Awards.

BEST SCREENPLAY
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1. “Bad Education” — Mike Makowsky
2. “The Half Of It” — Alice Wu

RELEASE DATE
April 25, 2020

DIRECTOR
Cory Finley

WRITTEN BY
Mike Makowsky

BASED ON
“The Bad Superintendent”
by Robert Kolker

STUDIO
HBO Films

TV-MA

BIOGRAPHY
COMEDY
CRIME
DRAMA

108 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Lyle Vincent

COMPOSER
Michael Abels

EDITOR
Louise Ford

CAST
Hugh Jackman
Allison Janney
Geraldine Viswanathan
Alex Wolff
Rafael Casal
Stephen Spinella
Annaleigh Ashford
Ray Romano

PRODUCED BY
Fred Berger
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
Julia Lebedev
Mike Makowsky
Oren Moverman
Eddie Vaisman

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