Taste of Honey, A (1960)

 
In "A Taste of Honey," director Tony Richardson depicts northern English working class in all the stark realism that marked British film of the 1960's.   The movie is part of a significant cycle in British cinema known as "Kitchen Sink" realism.
 
Based on Shelagh Delaney's popular stage play (which was done in London and on Broadway), this offbeat tale centers on seventeen-year-old Jo (Rita Tashingham), as she leaves home to start a new life away from her promiscuous, alcoholic, irresponsible mother, Helen (Dora Bryan).
 
Wandering around the docks, Jo meet5s Jimmy (Paul Danquah), a black sailor on a bried leave. She befriends and sleeps with him. Meanwhile, her mother marries impulsively her boyfriend Peter (Robert Stephens). Finding herself pregnant and alone in the streets of Northern England, she is taken in by Geoffrey (Murray Melvin), a lonely, kind gay man.
 
The New York Times' Bosley Crowther thought that "words are almost ineffectual to express the true quality and extent of eloquence in this picture," as his paper named this film the best of 1962 over David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," which swept most of the Oscar Awards that year.
 
The film, which is extremely well-acted by the entire ensemble, received major awards at the Cannes Film Festival and at the British Film Academy.
 
End Note
 
The hit song, "A Taste of Honey," written by Ric Marlow and Bobby Scott, is not directly related to the picture.
 
Credits
 
Produced and directed by Tony Richardson
Screenplay: Shelagh Delaney and Richardson, based on her play
Camera: Walter Lassally
Editor: Anthony Gibbs
Music: John Addison
Art direction: Ralph Brinton
Costumes: Sophie Harris
 
Black-and white
 
Running time: 100 Minutes
 
See the trailer!