NFTS at 50

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

+ Q&A with director Beeban Kidron

Episode one of the hit TV series, directed by Beeban Kidron, who joins us in person.

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BBC 1989
Dir Beeban Kidron
With Geraldine McEwan, Emily Aston, Charlotte Coleman, Kenneth Cranham
Ep1 55min

Jeanette Winterson adapted her own novel for TV – a story of personal growth and escape from oppressive religious obsession and patriarchy in a small mining village during the 1960s and 70s. The series proved a sensation when first transmitted and launched director Beeban Kidron as a major talent. While certain elements considered highly controversial at the time (such as Jess’ exploration of her sexuality) may now seem a little tame, Jess’ story of self-discovery and individual freedom remains as powerful as ever.

+ Alex
UK 1990. 30min