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26 November 2018

Principal Photography Begins on Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour

Principal photography has today (26 November) begun on Misbehaviour, a dramedy based on the true story of the 1970 Miss World contest and its disruption by the newly founded Women’s Liberation Movement. The film will shoot in and around London over the next nine weeks, and is directed by 2017 WFTV Award winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls) from an original script written by Rebecca Frayn (The Lady) with revisions by Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest).

In addition to the previously announced cast of Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Jessie Buckley, new members of the ensemble announced include Oscar nominees Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread); BAFTA winner Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) and BAFTA nominee Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill); and BAFTA winner Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey).

Lowthorpe’s creative team includes: Production Designer, Cristina Casali (The Death of Stalin); Make Up and Hair Designer, Jill Sweeney (The Theory of Everything); Costume Designer, Charlotte Walter (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society); Director of Photography, Zac Nicholson (The Death of Stalin); and Editor, Una Ni Dhonghaile (Three Girls), who was also a WFTV Award winner in 2017.

The film is being produced by BAFTA nominee Suzanne Mackie (The Crown, Calendar Girls) and Sarah-Jane Wheale. Executive Producers are Andy Harries and Rebecca Frayn for Left Bank; Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Rose Garnett for BBC Films, Natascha Wharton for the BFI; and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious.

The plot

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly-formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada – the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.