Year: 1961 Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Director: Tony Richardson Genre: Drama Cert: 12
This gritty, multi award-winning screen adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s play fits the ‘kitchen sink drama’ description perfectly. In 1960s Salford, 17-year-old Jo has a brief relationship with a black sailor called Jimmy. After he’s sailed she realises she is pregnant, but Jo’s problems are only just beginning.
This insightful classic of social realist film cleverly tackles the realities of economic deprivation, race, sexuality and class in a modern, refreshing way.
Rita Tushingham is astonishing in her debut role as Jo and look out for Dora Bryan as her absent, self-absorbed mother, Helen.