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Up the Junction (1967)

upthejunction_002Based on a successful novel by Nell Dunn (daughter of wealthy industrialist Sir Philip Dunn), Up the Junction was first turned into a BBC television play in 1965.

The x-certificate film starred Suzy Kendall as Polly, a middle-class girl from Chelsea who becomes bored with her plush lifestyle and decides to move to Battersea, a deprived area of London.

upthejunction7There, she is confronted with some very heavy issues, including domestic violence, abortion, and the all-around malaise of life in Battersea.

Dennis Waterman (later of The Sweeney and Minder fame) co-starred as Peter, Polly’s Lambretta-riding boyfriend.

The film prompted irate reactions, particularly the scene in which a girl has a back street abortion. An incredible soundtrack features the Mike d’Abo line-up of Manfred Mann.

Polly
Suzy Kendall
Peter
Dennis Waterman
Rube

Adrienne Posta
Sylvie

Maureen Lipman
Terry

Michael Gothard
Winny

Hylda Baker
Charlie

Alfie Bass
Mrs McCarthy

Liz Fraser
Pauline

Linda Cole
Rita

Doreen Herrington
Lil

Jessie Robins
May

Barbara Archer
Edith

Ruby Head
Joyce
Susan George
Sheila
Sandra Williams
Figgins
Michael Robbins
Mrs Hardy
Queenie Watts

Director
Peter Collinson
Bob Kellet

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