Misbehaviour is a charmingly provocative true story of how two very different groups of women made their voices heard in the fight for equality.
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, with US comedy legend Bob Hope as host. At the time, the beauty pageant was the most-watched TV show worldwide with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the Women’s Liberation Movement achieved instant 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. The global audience had witnessed patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty completely changed.
Misbehaviour is a 2020 British spirited comedy-drama film directed by British filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe, from a screenplay by Gaby Chiappe and Rebecca Frayn, from a story by Frayn. The film stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear.
- Starring : Keira Knightley / Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Genre : Drama / History
- Country : United Kingdom / France
- Language : English
- Director : Philippa Lowthorpe
- Production : Pathé / BBC Films / British Film Institute (BFI) / Ingenious Media / Left Bank Pictures / Rococo Films
- Distributor : Shout! Studios / Shout! Factory / BIM Distribuzione / Cinemundo / Entertainment One / Pancinema / Paradise Group / Paradiso Entertainment / Paramount Pictures / Pathé Distribution / Tanweer Alliances / Vértice 360 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Front Row Filmed Entertainment
Misbehaviour release date
- August 1, 2020 : Australia
- August 1, 2020 : Canada
- March 9, 2020 : UK (London premiere)
- March 12, 2020 : Saudi Arabia
- March 13, 2020 : UK
- March 13, 2020 : Ireland
- April 15, 2020 : UK (internet)
- August 28, 2020 : Spain (internet)
- September 25, 2020 : USA (internet)
- Keira Knightley as Sally Alexander
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada
- Jessie Buckley as Jo Robinson
- Greg Kinnear as Bob Hope
- Lesley Manville as Dolores Hope
- Keeley Hawes as Julia Morley
- Rhys Ifans as Eric Morley
- Phyllis Logan as Evelyn Alexander
- John Sackville as Robin Day
- Suki Waterhouse as Sandra Wolsfeld – Miss United States
- Clara Rosager as Marjorie Johansson – Miss Sweden
- Loreece Harrison as Pearl Jansen – Miss Africa South
- Alexa Davies as Sue
- Ruby Bentall as Sarah
- John Heffernan as Gareth Stedman Jones
Misbehaviour was released in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s theatrical release was cut short and the film was released early to VOD in the UK on April 15, 2020. It will be shown in select theaters in the US and on VOD everywhere on September 25, 2020 from Shout! Studios. The movie will also be released on DVD by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on September 7, 2020.
The film was announced in October 2018, with Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley set to star and Philippa Lowthorpe as director. Lesley Manville, Greg Kinnear, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan joined the cast of the film in November 2018. In January 2019 Suki Waterhouse and Clara Rosager joined the cast.
Filming was done in the Crofton Park area of South East London in early January 2019.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Misbehaviour has an approval rating of 88% based on 33 reviews.
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