My Old School: Jono McLeod’s Debut Feature, Starring Alan Cumming (Sundance 2022)

Alan Cumming plays a key role in this documentary about a Scotsman who pretended to be someone he wasn’t back in the 1990s, a first feature for Jono McLeod.

 

Debuting director Jono McLeod’s documentary My Old School offers a compelling look back at the story of Brandon Lee, a young man with whom McLeod went to school–at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a posh suburb of Glasgow, Scotland–in 1993.

Lee turned out to be not exactly who he said he was. He is “played” onscreen by Scottish actor-writer-singer Alan Cumming, who lip-syncs to audio recordings of the real Lee.

A story about performance and deception, and the designed animation, modeled on the look of cool cartoons of the time such as Daria, adds an extra comic dimension.