Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

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Average of 467 ratings: 3.9 Stars

2005 M Contains offensive language.

Seven Periods with Mr. Gormsby is an unrepentant politically incorrect, roller-coaster romp about an extraordinarily eccentric secondary-school teacher, who the Education Review Office in their last assessment described as follows: "Mr Gormsby is an out-dated, reactionary, racist, sexist teacher completely out of touch with educational theory in the second millennium. He defies the curriculum in every subject and is a disgrace to the profession. He should have no place in any state or private school. We will close Tepapawai Boys High and appoint a commissioner if Mr Gormsby is not replaced forthwith."

Te Papapawai Boys High School prospectus for 2005 begins: Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula. Welcome to Tepapawai Boys' High School. We are a thriving and vibrant secondary school set in the heart of beautiful Tepapawai. Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers are committed to delivering the best possible education to boys in the Tepapawai Community. Their commitment to excellence is complemented by our top-class state-of-the-art facilities.

It's a blatant lie, but you can hardly blame the authors when the truth is that Tepapawai is a tatty school set in a dreary suburb where cheap housing sits alongside squalid light industry. If you had a choice you wouldn't really want to educate your kids here. There would be more white flight, yellow flight, and brown flight to better schools if parents could be bothered, but there is something enervating in the air, which - despite being close to sea -manages to smell of wet linoleum and petrochemicals. Tepapawai is a Decile 2 school. It has one of the highest staff turnovers in the country and since their last damning ERO Report the hapless Principal, Roger Dasent, can't find enough relieving teachers, certainly no teacher in the school wants to be put in charge of the out of control, law unto themselves boys in 5F.

In desperation Dasent places ads on the Internet and ads in education gazettes in places as varied as Bangladesh and Chernobyl and still gets no takers - and he has to reach for the folder at the bottom of his filing cabinet and make a phone call to the one person he had hoped he would never have to speak to again... Mr Gormsby!

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5 by VRG

Absolute cracker of a performance. A must-see for every New Zealander. I'd say many from across the ditch would also understand the references in the humour. Highly recommended.

I am just surprised... Read more

5 by popcorn head

From the first episode you watch you'll be hooked. Outrageously funny, heart warming, un-PC, well acted by most of the cast and brilliantly scripted, this is the very best sort of kiwi comedy available... Read more

5 by debs341

fantastic, this was the kind of thing, if I walked into a room and saw a snap shot of this on tv I would have normally changed channel... but taking the time to listen to it, the characters are great... Read more

5 by Chenella

What an absolutely politically incorrect but funny haha television series! David McPhail was superb as Mr Gormsby and the rest of the actors who played the teachers were funny and brilliant. The students... Read more

5 by vinayg

Absolute cracker of a performance. A must-see for every New Zealander. I'd say many from across the ditch would also understand the references in the humour. Highly recommended.

I am just surprised... Read more

5 by Simon

Has to be seen, side splitting should be a lesson to every politician and educator to watch, Victor Meldrew for Kiwi's

4 by MacDish

Refreshingly original un-PC approach to contemporary comedy.

Not perfect, but highly recommended.

2 by Tubbs

The format of a teacher passing on life experiences to students is great and has endless possibilities if used correctly. To be able to do it with humour is a gift.

5 by dragons

Fantastic Film.Laugh at ourselves with this shot at the Politically Correct Brigade. There should be more New Zealand films like this.

5 by Kiwi Mac

Possibly the funniest and most sidesplittingly accurate comedy to ever be made in NZ.

Sheer genius - brilliant!

Second series also good but the PC Forces Of Darkness got at the script writers... Read more