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Use film and TV in my classroom. Read research data and market intelligence. Those heady, hormonal days of being young and in love have proved to be fertile territory for British cinema, with many classic films centring on the turbulent romances of adolescents from all walks of life. Here we present 10 of the best. Neil Mitchell Updated: 25 July An Education Many of these films dealt in the often harsh realities of young love: the disappointments, heartbreaks, marital discord, unplanned pregnancies and tragedies that crushed hopeful hearts and imagined futures.
Each of the recommendations included here is available to view in the UK. As the era progressed so too did the representations of youthful love, as same-sex and interracial relationships reflected life as it was being lived, with homophobia and racism an added complication to teenage romances. Growing up and finding your place in the adult world is tough, and many of the adolescent romances depicted in British films tell often painfully-learned life lessons.
To be young and in love in British cinema is to have your hopes and dreams stripped bare. Here are 10 of the best films on the subject.
A Taste of Honey When Salford born Shelagh Delaney put pen to paper to write her first play, which she completed in just ten days, little could she have imagined both the impact it would have on theatre audiences and the lasting influence the big screen adaptation would have on British cinema. A significant contribution to the British New Wave, A Taste of Honey was, for the time, an unfamiliar look at the turbulent life of working class year-old Jo Rita Tushingham.
Looking for love and security, Jo falls for and falls pregnant by a black sailor, Jimmy Paul Danquah , before going on to share a flat with her gay co-worker, Geoffrey Murray Melvin. The Leather Boys For a few years in the early 60s, Rita Tushingham was the go-to girl for playing teenagers grappling with the ups and downs of their first serious love affairs. Following her multiple award-winning performance as Jo in A Taste of Honey, Tushingham played Karen in Girl With Green Eyes , who sees her relationship with an older man fall apart.
As Dot, in Sidney J. Adapted and toned down for the screen from her own novel of the same name by Gillian Freeman , The Leather Boys was still considered bold and provocative owing to its portrayal of the deep friendship that grows between Reggie and gay biker Pete Dudley Sutton. Deep End Set in London but largely shot in Munich, and featuring a memorable, sexually predatory cameo by Diana Dors , Deep End takes place in and around a suburban public baths and swimming pool.
Rarely has young love been so strikingly portrayed in British cinema. Gregory's Girl The Rachel Papers Employing various strategies to win Rachel over and away from her American boyfriend, DeForest James Spader , Charles succeeds in his scheme and the pair become romantically involved.
Young Soul Rebels The only full-length feature film to date to be directed by artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien , Young Soul Rebels has two key romances threaded through its multi-themed tale. Beautiful Thing Initially an award-winning stage play written by Jonathan Harvey , who also penned the screenplay adaptation, Beautiful Thing has a tender, developing romance between two teenage boys at its heart.
My Summer of Love Featuring strong performances from its three leads, Natalie Press , Emily Blunt and the always-excellent Paddy Considine , My Summer of Love revolves around the blossoming relationship of two teenage girls over a summer in the Yorkshire countryside.
Both Mona and Tamsin subsequently find themselves on a painful learning curve about love, but for very different reasons. Young love for Jenny is, however, an emotionally complex experience, as David is revealed to be not all he initially seemed. Submarine Back to the top.
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