Up the Junction

Up the Junction

Peter Collinson (1967)

12 Certificate


Our Score
When Ken Loach adapted Nell Dunn's provocative short story collection Up the Junction for BBC TV's Wednesday Play series in the 1960s, it shocked the nation. Released not long afterwards, director Peter Collinson's big screen version was more polished, and therein lay his undoing. Loach's semi-documentary style gave Battersea the suitably bleak look that made the central character's decision to move there from Chelsea seem both politically significant and socially courageous. Collinson, however, offers a working-class wonderland and has Suzy Kendall play the girl as a cross between a 1960s supermodel and a melodramatic sob sister. A badly dated curio.


A well-to-do girl leaves her parents and comfortable home in fashionable Chelsea to sample life in working-class Battersea, but isn't prepared for the culture shock awaiting her. Drama, starring Dennis Waterman, Suzy Kendall, Maureen Lipman and Liz Fraser.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dennis Waterman
Polly Suzy Kendall
Sylvie Maureen Lipman
Mrs McCarthy Liz Fraser
Rube Adrienne Posta
Terry Michael Gothard
Winny Hylda Baker
Charlie Alfie Bass
Director Peter Collinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd