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A Taste of Honey (1961)

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Or, how a plain teenaged┬áNorthern lass gets knocked up by a black sailor and she only has her gay friend for company. Young Shelagh Delaney adapted her own play for the screen with a co-writing credit going to director Tony Richardson, who had put it on the stage. This was part of the vanguard of the kitchen sink realism movement and you can feel the damp buildings and the misery seep off the screen. Richardson elicits brilliant performances: Rita Tushingham is extraordinary and charming as the sympathetic girl and Murray Melvin is startling as her gay BFF, while Dora Bryan is great as her trampy┬ámother and Robert Stephens impresses as Mum’s younger fancy man. Everyone has to learn how to remake the idea of family. Dreary never looked so good (courtesy of Walter Lassally) and the sounds are from John Addison’s typically inventive score. A Woodfall film.

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