Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (film)
|Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush|
British quad poster
|Directed by||Clive Donner|
|Produced by||Clive Donner|
|Screenplay by||Hunter Davies|
Larry Kramer (additional dialogue)
|Based on||Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush|
by Hunter Davies
Spencer Davis Group
|Edited by||Fergus McDonell|
Giant Production Films
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a 1967 British comedy film directed by Clive Donner, based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies. The film stars Barry Evans, Judy Geeson and Angela Scoular. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France.
Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans) is a virginal sixth-former in a Swinging Sixties new town, delivering groceries for the local supermarket. However he is more interested in matters sexual and sets out to lose his virginity by attempting to seduce the local girls – Linda, Paula, Caroline, and his dream girl, Mary. He ultimately succeeds in bedding the sexually aggressive Audrey, only to learn too late that sex isn't as important as he initially believed.
- Barry Evans as Jamie McGregor
- Judy Geeson as Mary Gloucester
- Angela Scoular as Caroline Beauchamp
- Sheila White as Paula
- Adrienne Posta as Linda
- Vanessa Howard as Audrey
- Maxine Audley as Mrs. Beauchamp
- Denholm Elliott as Mr. Beauchamp
- Moyra Fraser as Mrs. McGregor
- Michael Bates as Mr. McGregor
- Diane Keen as Claire
- Christopher Timothy as Spike
- Nicky Henson as Craig Foster
- Allan Warren as Joe McGregor
- Roy Holder as Arthur
- George Layton as Gordon
- Christopher Mitchell as Tony
- Angela Pleasence as Scruffy Girl
- Marianne Stone as Mrs. Kelly
- Anthony Finch as Boy at Bowes Lion House
The music was released by United Artists Records as a soundtrack album in 1968. It has been re-issued on CD by Rykodisc. The Spencer Davis Group provided most of the music and made a cameo appearance in the film at a church fete. The title track "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" was written and performed by Traffic. Traffic also have two other songs on the soundtrack album "Am I What I Was or Was I What I Am" and a version of "Utterly Simple" that is different from the recording used on the album Mr Fantasy. Andy Ellison of the group John's Children also appears on the soundtrack album with the song "It's Been a Long Time".
The film was meant to screen at Cannes, with early buzz indicating that it would be a festival favorite and go on to become a sleeper hit; it never showed there due to the May 1968 events in France, and, failing to make an impressive premier, went on to an only mediocre performance at the UK box office. Horror journalist Preston Fassel, in his biography of Vanessa Howard, noted this was the first incident in a string of unfortunate coincidences for the actress, whose career was continually derailed by circumstances beyond her control.
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