MISBEHAVIOUR 12a

We are delighted to be joined by the film's screenwriter Gaby Chiappe who will say a few words before the screening!

Misbehaviour was released in cinemas just a week prior to lockdown in 2020 - which meant it didn't get the chance to gain the audiences it deserved despite good reviews. Set in 1970, Misbehaviour shows how the Miss World competition was sabotaged by a group of feminists (led by Keira Knightly and Jessie Buckley).

Given how anachronistic the pageant now seems, it is difficult to remember that Miss World was a huge primetime event for much of the 1960s and 70s, screening to a large global audience. Eric and Julie Morley (brilliantly played by Rhys Ifans and Keeley Hawes) created and ran the extravaganza, and they even got Bob Hope to present it (Greg Kineer has great fun with his portrayal of the American comedian).

But there is another side to the film, in the depiction of the competitors from Grenada and South Africa (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Loreece Harrison) who see Miss World as an opportunity to escape poverty and counteract Western and white assumptions of beauty.

Misbehaviour is funny, with a snappy script, but neither does it shy away from some of the challenges and complexities the protagonists faced.

Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian wrote: “There’s a very British sort of wackiness to this bizarre and farcical true story from the annals of pop culture, told here with charm and fun. Director Philippa Lowthorpe and screenwriters Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe keep it light and likable: the story of people who aren’t exactly keeping calm, but carrying on all the same.”

NB: We are reducing the number of tickets for this showing, as this is our first screening after lockdown. Also, please be aware that the screening does assume that the government's route to ending lockdown goes ahead as scheduled.

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