- SKU: 31512309
- Release Date: 08/23/2016
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- Audio interview with direcor and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson from the 1962 Cannes Film Festival
- Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honey playwright Shelagh Delaney
- Interview from 1998 with cinematographer Walter Lassally
- Momma Don't Allow (1956), a Free Camera short film by Richardson, shot by Lassally
- New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
- Remaking British Theater: John Littlewood and "A Taste of Honey," a new piece about the film's stage origins, featuring an interview with theater scholar Kate Dorney
Director Tony Richardson adapted the screenplay of A Taste of Honey from the "kitchen sink" stage play by Shelagh Delaney. Rita Tushingham plays a working-class British teenager, living with her drink-sodden, libertine mother Dora Bryan. Denied affection by her selfish mother, Tushingham is pushed further in the background when Bryan impulsively marries her latest boyfriend Robert Stephens. The girl takes a job at a shoe store, then moves in with her kindly homosexual employer Murray Melvin. The two lost souls live in harmony until Tushingham becomes pregnant after a casual affair with black sailor Paul Danquah. Melvin comes to the rescue by offering to look after the baby. This relatively blissful state of affairs is short-lived; before long, Tushingham's hateful mother, having been kicked out by Stephens, descends upon her daughter and her "family," with all her debilitating emotional baggage intact. A poignant denouement caps this riveting slice-of-life drama. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Dora Bryan - Helen
- Rita Tushingham - Jo
- Robert Stephens - Peter
- Murray Melvin - Geoffrey
- Paul Danquah - Jimmy