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A Taste of Honey

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
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

The screening on Tuesday 24 April will feature a Q&A with Rita Tushingham.


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