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Director: Tony Richardson. 1961
Starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin.
Tony Robinson’s kitchen sink drama tells the funny, tragic tale of Jo, a neglected wide-eyed yet worldly teenager seeking affection.
Jo is a Manchester girl, sick of school and bored with life.
She meets a sailor and becomes pregnant.
To get away from her alcoholic mother she takes up and moves in with Geoffrey, a gay man.
He looks after her, taking over the cooking, cleaning and decorating.
This slice-of-life film looks at working class poor, mix-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality, most of which were taboo subjects or illegal in the 60s.
Dora Bryan gives an uproarious turn as Jo’s mum and the film introduces us to Rita Tushingham, a young newcomer whose performance is pitch perfect.
Although the film is set in a grimy northern city, captured expertly by Walter Lassally’s sobering camera work, this film bursts with vitality and honesty.
Blasts From The Past will be the theme for this year’s St Ives September Festival Film Season.
Once again, organiser Wendy Watson has come up with a cracking selection of films for the annual silver screen extravaganza at St Ives Arts Club.
Last year four of the five films sold out – so make sure you get your tickets early.
All films are shown at the oldest art establishment in the town.
St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, St Ives.
Doors open from 7.00pm
Buy tickets for all 5 September festival films in one transaction for £25