With A Steller Cast And A True Story, “Misbehaviour” Is Looming Large

A film that stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, and Phyllis Logan has a lot to live up to — but “Misbehaviour” promises to deliver. The film, based on a true story, is a wry, funny, and powerful showcase of female empowerment.

“In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope,” the description explains. “At the time, Miss World 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.”

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein verdict, when women are still fighting for safety and equality, the film feels especially relevant.

You can see the whole trailer here:

 

 

It’s a film that still resonates today, 50 years on, and delivers a delicate balance of thoughtfulness, humour, politics, and, of course, stellar performances. Catch it in cinemas now.