Directed by David Leland • 1987 • United Kingdom
Starring Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Jesse Birdsall
A sixteen-year-old Emily Lloyd shines in her brilliant debut performance as Lynda Mansell, a rebellious teenager growing up in a staid seaside town in 1950s England. Unapologetically foul-mouthed and sexually liberated, the precocious Lynda gleefully challenges the conservative values of her straitlaced community—until an affair with an older man upends her world. Loosely inspired by the early life of British brothel madam Cynthia Payne, the breakthrough feature by writer-director David Leland is an indelible portrait of a young woman defiantly ahead of her time.