That Kind of Girl (1963)

This old-fashioned cautionary tale was spiced up for modern youth with a sprinkling of beatnik jazz dens and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament marches in order to create an intelligent and finely-tuned drama.

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  • Teenage Tramp Alternative

Introduction

“That Kind of Girl is fast-paced, pulpy pleasure from the jazzy opening frames to the harsh, somewhat twisted finale. The monochromatic photography looks terrific.”
Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital, 2010

Director Gerry O’Hara may be best known for the sex-filled Joan Collins vehicle, The Bitch (1979), but that unrepresentative example of his work is a far cry from this sympathetic portrayal of an adventurous au pair plunging into the jungle of Profumo-era, pre-Swinging London.

Blonde Eva is like an Austrian Brigitte Bardot, free-spirited enough to take up with an earnest peacenik, a skirt-chasing older ad executive and a feckless toff in quick succession. But the innocence that leads her to sport high heels to the London-Aldermaston anti-nuclear peace march also lands her at the door of the VD clinic, to emerge with three calls to make on three very different men.

O’Hara would go on to explore similar themes of hypocrisy and infidelity in All the Right Noises (1969) with Olivia Hussey and Tom Bell.

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