Misbehaviour. Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Copyright: Left Bank Pictures
Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

  • 2020 film

Comedy drama based on the true story of feminist protests against the 1970 Miss World competition's London final. Stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville and more.

Misbehaviour. Image shows from L to R: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Copyright: Left Bank Pictures

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2020
Stars
Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan
Writers
Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe
Director
Philippa Lowthorpe
Producers
Suzanne Mackie and Sarah Jane Wheale
Companies

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope.

At the time, the Miss World finale was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.

In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

Additional details

UK certificate
12A
Duration
106 minutes
UK release
Friday 13th March 2020
Distributors

Pathe

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

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