To mark the 50th anniversary of Tony Richardson's A Taste of Honey, stars Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin, and cinematographer Walter Lassally take part in an onstage discussion at BFI Southbank.
The film is notable for its frank treatment of mixed-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. Melvin reflects on his involvement in Shelagh Delaney's original stage version, and his concern that the material would prove too sensational for audiences. Lassally discusses the difficulties Richardson faced in getting the project off the ground. Tushingham talks about being dismissed by early critics as an 'ugly unknown', and reveals that the film originally had Hollywood backers who wanted Audrey Hepburn for the lead role.