We'll Take Manhattan (2012 film)

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We'll Take Manhattan
Cover art for the We'll Take Manhattan DVD
Directed by John McKay
Produced by Rebecca Hodgson
Written by John McKay
Music by Kevin Sargent
Cinematography Tim Palmer
Distributed by Shine International
Release date
  • 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

We'll Take Manhattan is a British television film that tells the story of the extramarital affair between photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton, and their one-week photographic assignment in New York City for Vogue magazine in 1962. It stars Aneurin Barnard as David Bailey, and Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton.


The film was first broadcast on 26 January 2012 on BBC Four in the UK,[1] and in the US on Ovation on 11 February 2012.[2]

Recreating the shoot[edit]

The film-makers used a variety of techniques to recreate the photos from the original Bailey shoot. Where possible they were recreated at the same or near identical locations in Manhattan, whilst others were recreated using a combination of props, and computer-generated imagery.[3]


Jazz music, composed by Kevin Sargent is used throughout the film, reflecting David Bailey's love for the genre. Dedicated themes accompany each of the main protagonists.[3][4]


Critical response[edit]

The drama received generally warm reviews, particularly for the performances of Aneurin Barnard, Karen Gillan, and Helen McCrory as Lady Clare Rendlesham.[5][6][7]


The film received the award for Best European TV Drama at the Prix Europa awards in 2012.[8]


  1. ^ "We'll Take Manhattan". 20 December 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ ""We'll Take Manhattan" - Ovation's first original movie premieres on February 11, 2012". 20 December 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b John McKay (director). Behind the Scenes with Director John McKay, We'll Take Manhattan (DVD). Kudos. DVD 828 605 1 . 11. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "We'll Take Manhattan". kevinsargent.co.uk. Kevin Sargent. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ Leitch, Luke (26 January 2012). "TV review: We'll Take Manhattan; David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating; Putin, Russia and the West". theguardian.co.uk. The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ Leitch, Luke (26 January 2012). "We'll Take Manhattan, BBC Four, review". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (27 January 2012). "Last Night's Viewing: We'll Take Manhattan, BBC4 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, E4". theindependent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ "We'll Take Manhattan wins Prix Europa for Best Drama 2012". Casarotto.co.uk. Casarotto Marsh Limited. Retrieved 27 July 2015.