Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge? Written by
The prize winning comedy-drama of a young girl's passionate love for life!...
Did You Know?
The origin of the children's rhyme heard in this film, "The Big Ship Sails", is sometimes linked to the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 (the Canal being the 'alley'). The canal features in this film. However, there is no definite proof of the link. See more
During the opening credits bus ride through Manchester the very large building on Portland street overlooking Piccadilly Gardens (now a Thistle hotel) has large letters across the top on each wing identifying it as "Hickson, Lloyd & King Ltd." But in the shot, the letters are all backwards in a mirror image. See more
The dream is gone.
But the baby's real.
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence
On a Mountain Stands a Lady
Sung by the kids at the canal as "On a Hill There Is a Lady"
Traditional English children's song See more