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QA with Rita Tushingham and Professor Roger Shannon

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Uploaded on Dec 9, 2011

Rita Tushingham and Professor Roger Shannon talking after a special screening of A Taste of Honey at FACT in Liverpool. Tony Richardson?s film of Shelagh Delaney?s play was a critical and commercial success, following hard on the heels of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and its impact on British new wave cinema. The film was opened out from the play, through Richardson and cinematographer Walter Lassally?s impressionistic use of industrial landscapes. The canals and backstreets of Salford take on a dreamy air as Jo tries to come to an accommodation with herself and her life. Some of the imagery created a coming-of-age portrait which compares with the best such works in world cinema. Subjects like sex, abortion and homosexuality were tackled through the emotions of Jo, played impressively by newcomer Rita Tushingham. In a sub-genre frequently accused of being excessively macho, A Taste of Honey offers a feminine sensibility and a style and story that still seem fresh and moving fifty years on.

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