A Taste Of Honey

Contains mature themes, some mild language and sex references.

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A Taste Of Honey Rating: 12 14+

2.2500 out of 5 8 Votes (Members)
Duration
96 mins
Year
1961
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Shocking for its time - its story involves a pregnant teenage girl who shares a flat with an openly gay man - this drama has lasted well because it lets its characters live and breathe. Jo has been trailing after her mother, who shuffles between unsuitable men and flats not fit to live in, and then she gets pregnant. Shelagh Delaney was only 19 when she wrote the original play on which A Taste of Honey is based, and it's her brilliant words plus characters who are easy to warm to that make this such a memorable film.

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  • Charlotte, 10

    4 out of 5
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    Charlotte, 10
    Date
    2016-11-28 18:20:04

    honey my fav syryp to put in my corn flakes cool

  • Anika, 16

    2 out of 5
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    Anika, 16
    Date
    2010-11-13 09:23:20

    "A taste of Honey," was set in the northwestern England in the 1950's. It tells the story of the relationship between Jo, a 17 year old working class girl and her mother Helen, who is presented as a crude lady, who has no money and is just focused on her relationship with a younger, rich man.
    This film covers a range of social issues that were considered during this time such as: class, race, gender, sexual orientation. For example, the relationship between Jimmy and Jo, the black and white people, the coming out of homosexual people, consequently this film is powerful at conveying the theme of equality. It doesn't matter if you are a different race, you should still be treated the same and not unfairly, and the segregation between these groups should not exist. The storyline, although random at first relates to the meaning of the film, as each person came from a different background. Consequently viwers can watch this film and have their opinion because they should have no objections to what they see, unlike in the 1950's where the scenarios would have been frowned upon and would have been classed as unacceptable.

  • rajan, 16

    2 out of 5
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    rajan, 16
    Date
    2010-11-09 09:58:06

    "A taste of honey" is a British adapted film from a theatre production with the same name, produced by Shelagh Delaney. The film is set in the 1960's era, which at the time was an interesting film, openly talking about the countries most taboo subjects; for example, homosexuality and teenage pregnancies.

    in the present world, "a taste of honey" shows the growing modern world what life was like for different people and their communities. back then, in the mid century era, life was unbearable for the black community. as shown towards the beginning of the film, a sign outside a church hall says "God washes whitest of them all". in the film, Josephine meets a black guy, and ends up having an intimate relationship which results in Jo getting pregnant. as stated in paragraph one, teenage pregnancy was a taboo subject. to be continued.........

  • sebiah, 16

    2 out of 5
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    sebiah, 16
    Date
    2010-11-09 09:57:21

    This film was based around 1961. Some of the issues that are involved are not really what would have happened around that time, for instance a young girl gettin pregnant at the age of 17. Not only that but jo also had no father of the baby as he had gone to be a sailor, he was also black. She has help from a homosexual man and also sometimes from her mother to bring up ther child. overall it was a strange film for one set in that time.

  • Sam, 16

    3 out of 5
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    Sam, 16
    Date
    2010-11-09 09:54:51

    This film was originally supposed to be performed on stage but as the days went on Shelagh Delaney felt that issues that were highlighted in the film needed to be adressed to the public. The film is classed as a kitchen sink drama and is about the main character 'Jo' and her struggle through life after becoming a pregnant teen with an interacial baby, this was frowned upon during the 60's. The other reason why many people did not like the film when it was relesed was becuase they showed a homosexual in the film which was deeply frowned upon being that being homosexual was a taboo subject. In my opinon the film was okay and nothing special, the film did a good job of highlighting socail issues, the film had a good basis for a storyline but it was nopt carried out good enough and the ending lacked an explaination.

  • James, 16

    2 out of 5
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    James, 16
    Date
    2010-11-09 09:53:16

    A Taste of Honey
    The 1961 film ‘A Taste of Honey’ originally a play was adapted by the writer Shelagh Delane for the big screen. As well as winning several BAFTS the film was criticised by some at the time for its content. It became known as the ‘kitchen sink’ film for its gritty realism. Something like this had never been seen before, but it raised awareness of worrying social issues at the time.
    It tells the tale Jo and her single mother Helen, living in Manchester. Helen is an alcoholic who seems to have little care for her daughter, taking more time over her budgie and various boyfriends. After agreeing to marry a younger well off man named Peter Helens interests for Jo are at a new low. Simultaneously Jo meets a black sailor (Jimmy) and enters into a childish relationship with him. They keep it as secret as possible, inter-racial relationships were practically un heard of and frowned upon by many. Jimmy proposes one night and Jo accepts. However, not soon after Jimmy ships out leaving Jo alone once more. Helen is also moving on, going to live with Peter once married at a large house in the county. In an attempt to take control of her life Jo gets a job at a shoe shop and rents her own flat. She befriends a homosexual textile worker, Geoffrey Ingham. Again another taboo subject of the time, homosexuality was a crime and you could be faced with a prison sentence. He moves in with her and helps Jo and proves an invaluable help when they discover she is pregnant with Jimmy’s child. Helen disapproves of Geoffrey after he makes a visit to her asking for some support for Jo. Helen eventually returns (after the marriage fails) and Geoffrey decides he can no longer stay, without telling Jo he leaves.
    As the film progresses you see Jo becoming more and more like her mother, making similar mistakes she did at her age. Geoffrey trys his best to save Jo but with the return of Helen you feel the future is inevitable with the departure of Geoffrey this confirms your fear.
    The film was said to be ahead of its time, controversial realism that highlighted glaring social issues of the time. A landmark in British history, the ‘Kitchen Sink’ film.

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