Actors: Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin
Director: Tony Richardson
From Gay Essential
A throwback to the Golden Age of British cinema, 1961’s A Taste of Honey bucked the trend of traditional cinema and openly addressed issues of sex, interracial relationships, single parenting, and homosexuality head-on. This film truly laid the groundwork for addressing the changing face of society via popular culture and media. Directed by Tony Richardson, the film stars Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens and Murray Melvin.
Won awards at Cannes Film Festival, BAFTA and Golden Globes for “BEST ACTRESS”, “BEST FILM” and “BEST SCREENPLAY”.
“The dedicated producers have concocted a bitter “Honey” that is rare and travels well.”
— A. H. Weiler, The New York Times
“Although time may have blunted the impact of its taboo-busting issues, it’s no less flavorful for its powerful performances, most notably Rita Tushingham in her breakout role as Jo, through whose wide, expressive eyes we see a grim world of mean expectations.”
— Cinema Retro
“With its hardscrabble, lower-class milieu and often documentary-like aesthetic, Tony Richardson’s astounding A Taste of Honey often feels like a precursor to the works of Mike Leigh or, for that matter, even Ken Loach, whose debut, Poor Cow, was still six years away and his first masterwork, Kes, eight years in the future.”
— Battleship Pretension
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
- Run Time: 96 minutes
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