Pathé has released the official trailer for their upcoming comedy-drama film Misbehaviour which centers on the controversial 1970 Miss World competition. Starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Greg Kinnear, the film doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet but it set to hit the theaters in the UK on March 13, 2020. Check out the video in the player below!
The film stars Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Imitation Game) and Jessie Buckley as members of the Women’s Liberation Movement along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror-San Junipero) as Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten, Greg Kinnear as Bob Hope, Lesley Manville as Dolores Hope, Suki Waterhouse as Miss USA Sandra Anne Wolsfeld, Keeley Hawes as Julia Morley, Rhys Ifans as Eric Morley, Phyllis Logan as Evelyn Alexander, and John Sackville as Robin Day.
Misbehaviour will be based on the real-life story of the 1970 Miss World competition, which was then the most-watched TV show on the planet with more than 100 million viewers. The contest was held in London with legendary stand-up comedian/actor Bob Hope hosting the show. The 1970 Miss World became one of the most memorable and controversial events in pageant history when a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
One of the show’s issues was the sudden protest of the Women’s Liberation Movement, who claimed that beauty pageants demeaned women. The movement gained attention when they caused disruption during the live broadcast, but another controversy erupted when the results were announced, revealing that Miss Grenada won the most coveted title of that night, beating everyone’s favorite contestant. Miss Grenada became the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.
BAFTA winning director Philippa Lowthorpe is directing Misbehaviour with Rebecca Frayn adapting screenplay. Left Bank Pictures’ Suzanne Mackie and Sarah-Jane Wheale will serve as producers. Andy Harries and Left Banks’ Frayn along with Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars of Pathe are the film’s executive producers. Pathe will handle distribution of the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland as well as Misbehaviour‘s international sales.