"All the Right Noises" (1971)

The thorny issues of underage sex and marital infidelity are explored in this unsensational film, telling a convincing and moving tale with honesty and integrity.

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“This even-tempered and restrained film was made at the height of Swinging London fever on the big screen, but despite the vivid colour schemes on display, All the Right Noises is definitely a child of the British New Wave.”
Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital, 2009

Originally sold with the provocative tagline ‘Is 15 1/2 too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?’, this time capsule of a film tells the story of a young married man who has an affair with a teenage girl, and sits as part of a wave of British films which used the subject matter to explore masculinity in crisis and the cultural chasm between the generations.

Starring Tom Bell (The L-Shaped Room, 1962) and Olivia Hussey, fresh from her lead role in Romeo and Juliet (1968), the film was directed by Gerry O’Hara, who would go on to direct episodes of The Professionals and Press Gang for TV, and the highly successful Joan Collins drama, The Bitch (1979).

O’Hara’s era-defining work of the 60s includes That Kind of Girl (1963) and The Pleasure Girls (1965).

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