Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, How to Have Sex is a vibrant and authentic depiction of the agonies, ecstasies and ride-or-die glory of young female friendship, from rising British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker.
Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday, drinking, clubbing and hooking up in what should be the best summer of their lives. As they dance their way across the sun-drenched streets of Malia, they find themselves navigating the complexities of sex, consent and self-discovery.
Captured with luminous visuals and a pitch-perfect soundtrack, Manning Walker’s directorial debut paints a painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood, and how first sexual experiences should – or shouldn’t – play out.
Winner BAFTA EE Rising Star is Mia McKenna-Bruce.
Nominated for three BAFTA awards: Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut and Casting.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
Winner London Critics’ Circle Awards: Breakthrough Performance of the Year, Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker.
Cast: Mia Mckenna Bruce, Samuel Bottomley, Lara Peake, Shaun Thomas, Daisy Jelley, Eilidh Loan, Enva Lewis
Director: Molly Manning Walker
★★★★★ "[a] searing study of consent" GUARDIAN
★★★★★ "McKenna-Bruce’s fearless lead is both emotionally exposing and very finely calibrated" FINANCIAL TIMES
★★★★ "a perceptive and keenly observed portrayal of the tragic side to our sons’ and daughters’ tricky early footsteps in adulthood" SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
★★★★ "Its important message about consent is pitch-perfect." ARTS DESK
★★★★ "What a powerful film this is about teenage behaviour, the more so because it doesn't preach, it just tells." DAILY MAIL UK
★★★★ "Refusing to become a cautionary tale, How to Have Sex explores the pitfalls as well as the pleasures of teen-holiday hook-ups; it also brings an admirably fresh, female POV to the subject of sexual consent." TOTAL FILM
★★★★ "As enthralling as it is important, How To Have Sex neatly depicts the joy and pain of teenage girlhood." EMPIRE MAGAZINE
★★★★ "This is an unsparing look at the realities of mixing puberty, alcohol, and hazy ideas about sexual consent." EVENING STANDARD
★★★★ "A deeply and deliberately unsettling film, How to Have Sex exposes both the great highs and terrible lows that come with youthful pleasure and freedom." SCREEN ANARCHY
Starts from Thursday, 14 March 2024. Session times to be announced.
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