Wish You Were Here (1987 film)
|Wish You Were Here|
|Directed by||David Leland|
|Produced by||Sarah Radclyffe|
|Written by||David Leland|
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||George Akers|
|Distributed by||Atlantic Releasing Corp|
|Release date(s)||July 24, 1987 (US)|
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Budget||$ 1.5 million|
Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd) lives in a small English seaside town in the early 1950s. She is feisty and precocious and always shocks other people with her vulgar and saucy tongue (her favourite insult is "Up yer bum"). She is also naive and easily taken advantage of. Bored with conventional jobs (which she frequently loses) and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave (Jesse Birdsall) but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends (Tom Bell), her life changes. She becomes pregnant and her father, a somewhat rigid and conventional man, disowns her. Desperately she tries to seek an illegal abortion but in the end decides to become a mother.
"Wish you were here" is a sigh Lynda makes because of her dead mother, who understood her and protected her from her intolerant father. Beneath her cheeky exterior, Lynda is a vulnerable girl who seeks love and a place in life; she lives in a time when it was difficult for teenagers like her to do that in their own way.
Awards and honors
- 1987: Evening Standard British Film Awards Emily Lloyd for Best Actress
- 1987: National Society of Film Critics Emily Lloyd for Best Actress
- 1988: BAFTA Award David Leland for Best Screenplay
- 1988: BAFTA Award Nomination Best Actress
- Maslin, Janet (July 24, 1987). "Wish You Were Here (1987) FILM: 'WISH YOU WERE HERE'". The New York Times.
- "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05.
- Wish You Were Here at the Internet Movie Database
- Wish You Were Here at AllMovie
- Wish You Were Here at Rotten Tomatoes