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Woodfall

A Taste of Honey + Rita Tushingham Q&A

Newcomer Rita Tushingham excelled in this story about a pregnant young woman left to fend for herself.

Image from A Taste of Honey

UK 1961
Dir Tony Richardson
With Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin
100min
Digital
Certificate 12A

The playful visual tone of A Taste of Honey was a sign Woodfall was in tune with the adventurous spirit of the Nouvelle Vague. It was also the first of their films not centred on male leads but on working-class women – specifically the 17-year-old Jo, played by newcomer Rita Tushingham. With a pin-sharp script by playwright Shelagh Delaney, the film’s treatment of sex and race was revelatory for 60s Britain.

Also available on BFI Player

There will be a free Future Film Recommends post-screening discussion in the Blue Room for 16 to 25-year-olds after the Tuesday 24 April 18:00 screening.



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