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?
Some of the scenes were filmed in the City of Manchester. The scene by the canal is in Ancoats. In the opening credits Bradford Pit can be seen and there are numerous shots of Bradford Gas Works (the main love scene was filmed there) The number 77 bus was a cross city bus along with the number 57, starting at Pendlebury or Swinton and travelling through Salford and Manchester to Thornley Park (Denton Border) or The Bull's Head at Reddish (Stockport Border). Both services were run jointly by Salford City and Manchester City buses until the mid sixties. See more
The scene where Jo says goodbye to Jimmy for the last time is shot at Barton Swing Bridge, on the Manchester Ship Canal. Jimmy walks through the closing barriers to the end of the bridge and is next seen on the ship, but there isn't a way for Jimmy to get off the bridge and onto the ship as the far end of the bridge hangs over the canal. Jimmy would have had to fall 15 feet whilst leaping around 20-30 feet to make it to the deck of the ship. Quite an achievement in those boots. See more
You need somebody to love you while you're looking for somebody to love.
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