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A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, UK, 1961)

Tushingham’s performance and lovely, open face are still a tonic.
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Shelagh Delaney adapted her own play for the screen to produce a landmark of the 'kitchen sink' school of drama that emerged in the wake of John Osborne's play Look Back In Anger.  Rita Tushingham plays a Salford teenager who finds herself pregnant after a brief fling with a black sailor and flees her alcoholic mother. The brilliant Murray 'Rev. Runt' Melvin co-stars as her gay friend, Geoffrey. And the script is practically an urtext for Morrissey's early lyrics. Essential.