Run time: 106 mins
Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley tackle Seventies sexism in this comedy crowd-pleaser.
Created in the mould of Made in Dagenham and Pride, director Philippa Lowthrope offers up an all-female angle on the 1970 Miss World Contest that was disrupted by feminist protests.
Knightley plays Sally Alexander, a single mother and mature student struggling to find her voice in an all-male academic environment. When she meets feisty feminist Jo Robinson, the two women soon find common ground. With the Miss World competition fast approaching, Jo, Sally and their fellow Women’s Lib group decide to stage a protest by infiltrating the celebrations. Meanwhile, contest impresario Eric Morley (played with impeccable smarm by Rhys Ifans) and his wife Julia (Keeley Hawes) are worked into a frenzy trying to hush the bad publicity surrounding the show from both feminist groups and anti-apartheid activists protesting the continued appearance of South Africa in the show.
Knightley leads a stellar line-up: Jessie Buckley as rowdy Jo, Rhys Ifans, Keely Hawes and the Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Not forgetting Greg Kinnear, brilliant as a very slimey Bob Hope.
Misbehaviour is that rare thing; a truly entertaining, clever, funny and nuanced film about gender politics. (Research Chris Coetsee) If that sounds like fun, come and see.