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Joanna (1968)

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 night club 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 beginning of the film.

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 went on to be a major UK hit for Scott Walker.

Joanna Sorrin
Geneviève Waïte
Hendrik Casson
Christian Doermer
Calvin Lockhart
Lord Peter Sanderson
Donald Sutherland
Glenna Forster-Jones
Marda Vanne
Geoffrey Morris
Michelle Cook
Manning Wilson
Black Detective
Clifton Jones
White Detective
Dan Caulfield
Michael Chow
Anthony Ainley
Jane Bradbury
Miranda De Hyde
Fiona Lewis
Lady Sanderson
Edith MacArthur
PC Dove
John Owens
Film Director
Michael Sarne
Dominic Endersley
David Scheuer

Michael Sarne