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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

Time Comment
4:03 This film had better start kicking butt soon or I’m going to lose my shit.
5:59 “I would be a mature, mature student.”
10:57 We are still that ripple. Fifty years later, still fighting for the same stuff. Progress and yet not.
14:22 538,000 jokes. Who had to count those?
19:44 That can’t be true. More people watch a stupid beauty contest than the moon landings?
25:02 How can it be billed as a family entertainment show?
30:41 Is there a training course to be a chaperone?
40:56 Over-emotional. Pssssh.
48:01 Loving Ms Hope holding a grudge. Quite right too.
49:56 HALF the population is not a MINORITY INTEREST.
50:57 “Turns out my seat at the table was actually a high-chair.”
1:00:52 So hard for generations to understand each other.
1:03:59 I know it’s the seventies but she does dress like a schoolgirl.
1:07:21 She found a good one.
1:09:46 Is “individualist” an insult?
1:14:02 You can’t shout Ecuador and expect me to take that seriously.
1:17:33 The worst.
1:19:56 Oh no, sorry, the women’s feelings bit was even worse.
1:29:10 It’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.
1:38:17 Not 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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