Starter for 10 (film)

Starter for 10 (film)

Infobox Film
name = Starter for 10

caption = US release poster
director = Tom Vaughan
producer = Tom Hanks
writer = David Nicholls
starring = James McAvoy
Alice Eve
Rebecca Hall
music = Blake Neely
cinematography = Ashley Rowe
editing = Heather Persons
distributor = Picturehouse
HBO Films
BBC Films
released = 10 November 2006 (UK)
February 23, 2007 (US)
runtime = 92 min.
country = flagicon|UK
language = English
budget = $10,000
gross = $177,442
website =
amg_id = 1:338094
imdb_id = 0477095

"Starter for 10", a film version of the novel "Starter for Ten" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, and released in the UK and Ireland on 10 November 2006. The screenplay is an adaptation by David Nicholls from his own novel. The film was released in the US and Canada in Spring 2007.


A period comedy set in 1985, the story chronicles the misadventures of Brian Jackson, a student in his first year at Bristol University. A somewhat obsessive collector of general knowledge, Brian has been a fan since childhood of University Challenge. That TV show's famous catchphrase—"Your starter for 10"—gives the film its title. Upon arriving at university, he seizes upon the opportunity to join Bristol's University Challenge team. He promptly falls for his glamorous teammate Alice (Alice Eve), though he may have more in common with a counterculturalist chum, Rebecca (Rebecca Hall). Additionally, Brian finds himself caught between his new life, amongst the posh university set, and his old, with his working-class family and friends in the seaside town, Southend-on-sea.

The story follows the team's progression through the rounds of University Challenge.


* The soundtrack features music from Kate Bush, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, The Buzzcocks, Yazoo, Motörhead, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, The Style Council and others.
* Brian's working-class hometown mates are played by Dominic Cooper and James Corden. The two actors starred as working-class schoolmates in both the stage and film versions of "The History Boys".
* Despite being set at Bristol University, the main quad and Gustave Tuck lecture theatre of University College London were used as sets.
* It is an HBO Films production in association with BBC Films.


* James McAvoy as Brian Jackson
* Dominic Cooper as Spencer
* James Corden as Tone
* Simon Woods as Josh
* Catherine Tate as Julie Jackson
* Elaine Tan as Lucy Chang
* Alice Eve as Alice Harbinson
* Rebecca Hall as Rebecca Epstein
* Charles Dance as Michael Harbinson
* Lindsay Duncan as Rose Harbinson
* Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Watts
* James Gaddas as Brian's father

External links

* [ Official site]

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