Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

Philippa Lowthorpe (2019)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

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Like Made in Dagenham (2010) and Pride (2014), this richly rewarding comedy drama spotlights a significant moment in British social and cultural history. With a backdrop of a not-so-swinging London beleaguered by anti-apartheid protests, director Philippa Lowthorpe and a top-notch ensemble cast chronicle the lead-up to disruption of the 1970 Miss World contest by the nascent Women's Liberation Movement during a live-to-millions BBC broadcast compered by Bob Hope. Rebecca Frayn's beautifully constructed script avoids sermonising and places the dynamic between characters at its heart: Keira Knightley's genteel but frustrated university activist and Jessie's Buckley's furious feminist; Gugu Mbatha-Raw's serene Miss Grenada and her black South African counterpart (Loreece Harrison); and Miss World producers Eric and Julia Morley (Rhys Ifans and Keeley Hawes). Even the marriage of comic legend Hope (Greg Kinnear) - whose tacky one-liners sparked the outrage - and long-suffering wife Dolores (Lesley Manville) is given insightful treatment. Misbehaviour acts as both a fascinating history lesson for the uninitiated and a resonant reflection on equality, diversity, race and chauvinism today.

Cast & Crew

Sally Alexander Keira Knightley
Jennifer Hosten - Miss Grenada Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jo Robinson Jessie Buckley
Julia Morley Keeley Hawes
Evelyn Alexander Phyllis Logan
Dolores Hope Lesley Manville
Eric Morley Rhys Ifans
Bob Hope Greg Kinnear
Sandra Anne Wolsfeld - Miss USA Suki Waterhouse
Sarah Ruby Bentall
Pearl Janssen - Miss Africa South Loreece Harrison
Jane Lily Newmark
Director Philippa Lowthorpe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PatheReleased on: 13 Mar 2020