A Taste of Honey (Blu-ray)


Shelagh Delaney’s play A Taste of Honey had already played in the West End and on Broadway when Tony Richardson made his film adaptation, shot on location in Salford and Blackpool.

Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo, a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother – a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff, a gentle, kind-hearted gay man, and they move in together like two children playing house, for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness.

Richardson, always skilled with actors, draws fine performances from his entire cast, and A Taste of Honey remains an outstanding example of the British New Wave, shot by its star cinematographer Walter Lassally.

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Special Features

Audio commentary by Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin and Dora Bryan
Video essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally (20 mins)
50th Anniversary Q&A with Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin and Walter Lassally (2011, 15 mins)
A Taste of Honey from stage to screen – A journey with Murray Melvin (2018, 25 mins)
Rita Tushingham on A Taste of Honey (2018, 15 mins)
Holiday (1957, 18 mins)
Stills gallery