Film Review – A TASTE OF HONEY (1961)

Image result for a taste of honey 1961Taste of Honey, A (1961; UK; B&W; 100m) ****  d. Tony Richardson; w. Shelagh Delaney, Tony Richardson; ph. Walter Lassally; m. John Addison.  Cast: Dora Bryan, Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin, Paul Danquah, David Boliver. The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. A good example of the “kitchen sink” drama with, for the time, daring themes of inter-racial relationships, homosexuality and promiscuity. It’s all splendidly photographed on location in Salford and Blackpool. Bryan scores as the self-centred, but ultimately soft-hearted mother of Tushingham’s rebellious teenager. Richardson directs with a sense of realism and an eye for evocative images. Based on Delaney’s play. [15]