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Senior Citizen Kane: Misbehaviour

Philippa Lowthorpe

Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls), brings her steady hand to the warm, funny and provocative Misbehaviour, written for the screen by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, based on a true story.

“warm, funny and provocative…”

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, but when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

It is good to be reminded that many of the opportunities we take for granted today were built on the foundation of historical moments, where individual actions changed society for good. But thanks to its fantastic cast, led by Keira Knightley and including Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), Lesley Manville, Phyllis Logan, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear, Misbehaviour never feels like a history lesson.