I’ve updated the gallery with Jessie’s screen captures as Jo Robinson in Misbehaviour! The film was released in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020. Due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic the film’s theatrical release was cut short and the film was released early to video on demand on 15 April. Fortunately, the film was successful among critics with the following consensus: “Misbehaviour’s overall arc will be familiar to fans of feelgood British cinema — and so will the way it triumphs over formula to tell a thoroughly crowd-pleasing story“.
Pathe has brought forward the online release of Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw starring Miss World pic Misbehaviour by three months after its theatrical play was cut short by the coronavirus shutdowns. The movie was rolled out in the UK on March 13, grossing $426,765 in its opening weekend before all cinemas in the country were shuttered. Now, it will be available across digital platforms from April 15. Jessie Buckley also stars in the feature about how a group of women activists disrupted the 1970 Miss World pageant.
— Pathé UK (@patheuk) April 6, 2020
‘Misbehaviour‘ will premiere tomorrow in UK cinemas, however, several critics have already had the opportunity to watch the film in the various screenings of the feature that have been held in recent weeks. So, see what they are talking about Jessie’s performance as Jo Robinson:
Buckley, having an outstanding run this year after Chernobyl, Wild Rose and even her supporting role in Judy, is once again luminous and a mistress of comic timing as the feisty Northerner Jo, a communal dweller who becomes one of the movement’s leaders. She has good chemistry with Knightley, offering a solid turn herself dressed down in bluestocking garb, brow permanently furrowed with irritation at the sexism around her. – See the full review of Leslie Felperin from The Hollywood Reporter clicking here!
Between Knightley’s cool intelligence and Mbatha-Raw’s serene elegance, there is room for Jessie Buckley to shine as a strong, spirited feminist and for Lesley Manville and Keeley Hawes to be patiently long-suffering as Bob and Eric’s respective partners. Kinnear, meanwhile, is ace as Hope, deftly capturing both his oleaginous charm and latent insecurity. – See the full review of Neil Smith from Total Film clicking here!
Even for those who remember the events of that time, Misbehaviour is full of engaging detail as faces from the faded headlines come back to life. Knightley’s serious, uptight academic is a great role for the actor, while Mbatha-Raw’s performance is pitched precisely as a dignified woman who found herself in a rare and difficult position. And their support team is terrific all round, from a smarmy Kinnear to the irrepressible Buckley to Ifans, all contributing to an energy which helps the 106 minute running time glide by. – See the full review of Fionnuala Halligan from Screen Daily clicking here!
Jessie Buckley is Jo Robinson – the punchy direct-action enthusiast, keen on graffiti-ing ad hoardings and cranking out agitprop leaflets on Gestetner machines. Phyllis Logan has a nice role as Sally’s posh mum who resents being told that her generation were sellouts. – See the full review of Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian clicking here!
A radiant Mbatha-Raw plays the Grenadian underdog with good grace and good humor, but we yearn to see more of her when the pageant lights are off; Buckley, always a welcome, film-jolting presence, can’t do much to make Jo more than a jangly bag of attitude and slogans. – See the full review of Guy Lodge from Variety clicking here!
Misbehaviour gives us ringside seats at the 1970 Miss World beauty pageant – otherwise known as the one with the flour-flinging, a bomb under a BBC van, and the first winner of colour taking the crown. What a heady mess this event was. Preceded by weeks of feminist protest, it was also subject to unusually intense media scrutiny about the pair of South African contestants – one white, one black – who were flown to London in an awkward bid to keep both sides happy in the era of apartheid. – See the full review of Tim Robey from The Telegraph clicking here!
Gugu Mbathan-Raw shines as the smart and well to do Miss Grenada, while both Knightley and Wild Rose star Buckley play off each other beautifully as the chalk and cheese feminist duo. Elsewhere, Rhys Ifans is in hilarious scenery-chewing form as Miss World creator Eric Morley, while Greg Canner does a mean impression of the legendary Bob Hope. – See the full review of Linda Marric from The Jewish Chronicle clicking here!
Key messaging is divided predominantly between Keira Knightley’s prim academic and Jessie Buckley’s authority-flouting motormouth, who baits the police by defiling offensive billboard adverts with a can of spray paint. – See the full review of Damon Smith from The Irish News clicking here!
But otherwise it’s an enjoyable ride and just to remind you of those times I’ll leave you with one of Hope’s gags from the night: ‘I love cattle… I was out there just now feeling their thighs and their calves.’ Ugh. – See the full review of Deborah Ross from The Spectator clicking here!
The leaders of the protestors – Sally Alexander (Keira Knightley) and Jo Robinson (Jessie Buckley) – skirt either side of the feminist diaspora. The former is a middle-class single mum and an intellectual Oxford graduate, the latter a sexually liberated activist hippy who lives in a squat and can’t recall or doesn’t care who fathered her baby. They put their heads together and come up with this cunning stunt that made front-page headlines all over the world and, in one foul swoop, planted the concept of female emancipation in the mind of every woman in the Western world. – See the full review of Chris Sullivan from Byline Times clicking here!
And while Knightley and Buckley both offer strong performances, it’s Mbatha-Raw that shines. – See the full review of Viola Rigoli from iO DONNA clicking here!
New film Misbehaviour, which stars Keira Knightley, might just change your way of thinking.
Set in 1970, the comedy-drama follows the events of that year’s Miss World competition, which was disrupted by a group of feminist activists who wanted to “overthrow the patriarchy”.
The film is told through the perspectives of members of the Women’s Liberation Movement, the Miss World contestants and the ceremony’s host, Bob Hope (here played by Greg Kinnear).
In an exclusive featurette, the film’s cast reflect upon the importance of the event, which came as the movement began to affect great change to women’s rights throughout the world.
“It was bigger than the World Cup – it was bigger than the Olympics,” Knightley says, with co-star Jessie Buckley adding: “In the 1970s, women weren’t allowed to dream beyond making a cupcake.”
Knightley says that placing the spotlight on such an event will “make you question what you think” regardles of “who you agree or sympathise with”.
For Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Jennifer Hosten – the first woman of colour to win Miss World – it was important for the film to have a crew comprised of women.
“[It has] female writers [Gaby Chiappe, Rebecca Fray]), a female director [Philippa Lowthorpe], all female producers [Suzanne Mackie, Sarah-Jane Wheale] – the female gaze is so strong in this film,” she said.
Misbehaviour arrives in UK cinemas on 13 March.