Director Mike White attends the premiere party for his latest film Brad’s Status in Toronto. Photograph: Leonard Adam/WireImage

At 47, Mike White, the remarkably talented writer, director, actor and producer of School of Rock, is enjoying the most feted year of his already glea(...)

Front Row on TV: Nikki Bedi, Giles Coren and Amol Rajan. Photograph: BBC

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Teacher John Leyden with a pupil at Headfort School, Kells, Co Meath

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Dead Poets Society: John Keating (Robin Williams) is no ordinary English teacher

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Leap years: the transformation of Ellar Coltrane over the course of the 12-year shoot

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