BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Swallows and Amazons, Three Girls, The Crown) returns with a comedy-drama about a group of women who hatched a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.
At a time when the Miss World competition was the most-watched TV show on the planet, the 1970 edition was one to go down in history thanks to the newly-formed Women's Liberation Movement. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, they achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first Black women to be crowned Miss World (and Miss South Africa was the runner up). In a matter of hours, the world had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage (comedian and host Bob Hope was pelted with flour bombs) and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
With a stellar cast including Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley and Keeley Hawes to name a few, the film celebrates what was not only a galvanising moment for the women’s liberation movement, but for inclusion and racial relations.
Join us after the Sun 15 March 14:30 screening for a Q&A with director Philippa Lowthorpe.