A Taste of Honey
Newcomer Rita Tushingham excelled in this story about a pregnant young woman left to fend for herself.
Dir Tony Richardson
With Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin
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
The screening on Tuesday 24 April will feature a Q&A with Rita Tushingham.