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Misbehaviour

Published April 19, 2020

Misbehaviour

Film info

  • Title Misbehaviour
  • Director Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 46m
  • Genres Drama, History
  • Tagline Miss World 1970: The launch of a revolution

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the inaugural Women's Liberation Movement invaded the stage and disrupted the live TV broadcast. And once the show resumed, the result caused a sensation.

Live blog

TimeComment
4:03This film had better start kicking butt soon or I’m going to lose my shit.
5:59“I would be a mature, mature student.”
10:57We are still that ripple. Fifty years later, still fighting for the same stuff. Progress and yet not.
14:22538,000 jokes. Who had to count those?
19:44That can’t be true. More people watch a stupid beauty contest than the moon landings?
25:02How can it be billed as a family entertainment show?
30:41Is there a training course to be a chaperone?
40:56Over-emotional. Pssssh.
48:01Loving Ms Hope holding a grudge. Quite right too.
49:56HALF the population is not a MINORITY INTEREST.
50:57“Turns out my seat at the table was actually a high-chair.”
1:00:52So hard for generations to understand each other.
1:03:59I know it’s the seventies but she does dress like a schoolgirl.
1:07:21She found a good one.
1:09:46Is “individualist” an insult?
1:14:02You can’t shout Ecuador and expect me to take that seriously.
1:17:33The worst.
1:19:56Oh no, sorry, the women’s feelings bit was even worse.
1:29:10It’s like pitting ‘isms’ against each other.
1:33:59“In six months, you’ll be dreaming of bruised knees.” I’d like to hear a women’s version of the Four Yorkshiremen.
1:38:17Not sure about this fourth wall business but this is a much more thorough “what happened to them” piece than Midway.

Thoughts

I didn’t know about this Miss World demonstration or the events surrounding it so it was interesting to see the drama that unfolded before and after the protest. The film does a good job of displaying the hopes and dreams of everyone involved and the acting cast do a stellar job with a delicate story.

The only problem, I guess, is that in trying to show all of the sides and be as balanced as possible, it sort of lessens the dramatic effect. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is but I guess trying to tell both sides of the story in the same story cancels out the impact of the message.

But the more stories like this that are told, the better, and it was a good, entertaining film, with a positive message at the end.

Rating: 5 / 5

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