Family Life (1971 British film)

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Family Life
Directed by Ken Loach
Produced by Tony Garnett
Screenplay by David Mercer
Starring Sandy Ratcliff
Malcolm Tierney
Grace Cave
Music by Marc Wilkinson
Cinematography Charles Stewart
Edited by Roy Watts
Production
company
Anglo-EMI
Kestrel Films
Distributed by MGM-EMI (UK theatrical)
Cinema 5 Distributing (US theatrical)
Release date
  • 2 December 1971 (1971-12-02) (UK)
  • 5 October 1972 (1972-10-05) (USA)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £180,000[1]
Box office $1,827,374SEK ($291,648USD)

Family Life (US: Wednesday's Child)[2] is a 1971 British drama film directed by Ken Loach from a screenplay by David Mercer. It is a remake of In Two Minds, an episode of the BBC's Wednesday Play series first transmitted by the BBC in March 1967, which was also written by Mercer and directed by Loach,[3]

Plot[edit]

A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life, and consider their daughter to be "misbehaving" whenever she's trying to find her own way in life. When she becomes pregnant, they force her into abortion, and hypocritically blame her for "upsetting them" when she is unable to cope with the emotional and mental effect this has on her. Janice is subjected to shockingly self-righteous and ignorant doctors.

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Production[edit]

Half the budget was provided by the National Film Finance Corporation the other half by Nat Cohen and Anglo-EMI.[4][5] The film was screened at the New York Film Festival on 3 October 1972.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p.381
  2. ^ Jerry Roberts [ Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors], Lanham, Maryland & Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2009, p.344
  3. ^ Philip Kemp "Family Life (1971)", BFI Screenonline
  4. ^ "Interview with Tony Garnett and Ken Loach: Family Life in the making" by Anthony Barnett, John McGrath,John Mathews, and Peter Wollen from Jump Cut, no. 10-11, 1976, pp. 43-45 accessed 19 April 2014
  5. ^ Sue Harper and Justin T. Smith British Film Culture: The Boundaries of Pleasure, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p.305
  6. ^ Greenspun, Roger (1972-10-04). "Film Fete: Woes of Womanas 'Wednesday's Child'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 

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