17-year-old Joanna Sorrin (South African actress Geneviève Waïte), a wide-eyed and fanciful country girl, goes to London for a fashion design course.
There, she dresses in chic fashions, comes into contact with the capital’s young jet set, indulges in the pleasures of casual sexual encounters, and an impromptu trip to Morocco with the wise and debonair Lord Peter Sanderson (Donald Sutherland).
She eventually becomes the mistress of nightclub owner Gordon (Calvin Lockhart), from Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately, her lover happens to kill a man and is sent to jail. As she is pregnant from Gordon, Joanna returns home to her parents – still as immature, childish and unprepared as she was at the film’s beginning.
Joanna is a great snapshot of “Swinging London” in the sixties.
Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent were asked to write the theme song, but their composition was dropped in favour of Rod McKuen’s soundtrack.
The Trent/Hatch version became a major UK hit for Scott Walker.
Lord Peter Sanderson
Miranda De Hyde