People love to write movies about big, important events. I get it. Queen was important, so we got Bohemian Rhapsody. This makes sense. Misbehaviour, unfortunately, falls into this category. The Miss World contestants, the feminist movement members, the media, all play a big role. So, with so many interesting characters to follow, why do I not care for any of them?
I kept waiting for the big deal to be revealed. This protest was important, the cause was important, the people impacted and involved were important. Misbehaviour champions itself as a tale of feminism triumphing. The story itself that Misbehaviour is based on is engaging enough.
During Miss Worlda popular beauty pageant, two big things happened. Misbehaviour stays loyal to the events as far as I can tell. However, the film fails to connect these two events and the people involved in a meaningful way. I think, ultimately, they failed to do so, because they focus a lot on the host of the event, comedian Bob Hope Greg Kinnear.
It makes sense, he acts as a good foil to the feminists. However, and you might notice this to be a theme in this review, there are no stakes with Hope. The audience gets to know him, spends a lot of time with him, and by the end, there is no marked change or escalation of his behavior. He suffers no consequences. Frankly, there are no stakes with anyone, really, but at least Alexander went to jail and Hosten was in a competition.
For him to hug his wife and be reassured that everything is fine at the end? Nothing happens to him!W hen Jennifer Hosten first arrived in the U. She quickly realized that she would have to do the best she could to stand out. But Hosten not only stood out—she went on to take home the top honors, becoming the first Black woman to win the international beauty pageant since it was established in It also featured two contestants from South Africa at the height of apartheid: Pearl Janssen, a Black woman who came in second in the competition behind Hosten, and Jillian Jessup, a white woman.
The contest was watched by more than 22 million people in the U. Hosten grew up under British rule in Grenada, then a colonial island in the West Indies, which gained independence in In her autobiography published earlier this year, Miss World How I Entered a Pageant and Wound Up Making HistoryHosten describes how she worked as an airline attendant and had an interest in broadcast journalism as a young woman, before a friend encouraged her to enter the Miss Grenada competition, which was a stepping stone to the Miss World contest.
But not everyone had such favorable views of Miss World. But looking back, their actions around the contest were hard to understand; Hosten, who was 23 at the time, saw her participation in the contest as her own choice, not one that was being made for her, nor one that was exploitative. I had some very pragmatic expectations.
The contest also took place against the political backdrop of the Vietnam Warand one of the prizes for the newly crowned Miss World was a tour of Vietnam with Bob Hope to entertain U. In an interview earlier this year, the women said that their intention was to criticize the contest organizers, not the contestants, and that staging the protest that way would have maximum impact on the night.
Yet the protesters became infuriated when host Bob Hope started telling misogynistic jokes, and they decided to launch the protest early while Hope was doing his bit, putting a pause to the proceedings for about 15 minutes. It was another shock when the event regrouped and Hosten was announced the winner.Misbehaviour (2020) - Clip: Liberation (HD)
She was awakened the next day by a loud knock at the door from the housekeeper, who said that she wanted to see what Miss World looked like without make-up on. Instead, the headline said, Miss World is Black, and is she the most beautiful girl in the world?
But the impact of the win would have longer-lasting impacts, says Mbatha-Raw, the actor who plays Hosten in Misbehaviour.
For Jennifer to win the competition, that was a huge step forward for Grenada, for Jennifer on a personal level, and for women of color as a whole at that time.
Looking back on old diaries from the competition prompted Hosten to write her autobiography. The competition really was a springboard for Hosten to move onto other adventures; after traveling with Hope and fulfilling her duties as Miss World on an international tour, she later became a senior diplomat for Grenada, worked in international development, started her own business, and trained as a psychotherapist.
InJennifer received a call from the BBC, asking if she would participate in a radio broadcast interviewing all the key participants of the pageant, including Alexander and Robinson. There are many other ways in which women can shine. Contact us at letters time.
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This means women getting a seat at the table, moving away from typical gender roles of women being homemakers, as well as being looked at beyond the capacity of beautiful and desirable objects. We begin the film with Sally being interviewed for admission to the University of London, yet see the all-male panel not take her seriously as an academic, once again looking at her merely as a beautiful woman.
She is often sidelined by her peers in academic discussions as well. Director Philippa Lowthorpe then proceeds to show us the other side of the fence, where we are given a closer look into the lives of these contestants. For some of these women, being a part of the Miss World paegant allows them to travel, gain an experience, and in some cases, be somebody when they were nothing before.
Within the pageant space there is also the whole matter of the South African contestants, since the country was going through apartheid at that point. When accused of being racist for allowing a white contestant to represent the country, owner of the event Eric Morley Rhys Ifans retorts that a black South African girl has also been chosen, and quickly musters up a girl to shut up the dissenters. Pearl Jansen is Miss Africa South, and she is portrayed with equal doses of joy and poignancy by actress Loreece Harrison.
While Jennifer speaks of representation, and wanting young girls from her country to see someone who looks like them win on the world stage, Pearl is content to just be there for the experience, though she walks on eggshells since she was explicitly warned not to talk about anything happening over in South Africa. The film itself appears to be on tenterhooks regarding this as well, with the whole discussion being swept under the carpet as quickly as possible.
The film does pander to a mainstream crowd, keeping the storytelling light on its feet, so even though the title is misbehaviour, we never see the film really daring to venture beyond its curated safe space. Lowthorpe understands that for this to be a feminist film, all points of view must be fleshed out, so we can see what each individual woman is chasing, and the areas they are hoping to affect change in. That being said, the film is a tad lopsided, because we spend more time with Sally and Jo, and their escapades, as opposed to Jennifer and Pearl.
The Miss World contest offers a space for the discussion of female beauty, and how a black woman has never won the title, because the men who judge the contest are limited in their perception of beauty. For them, Miss Sweden is the epitome of beauty, with her blond hair and pale skin, while a beautiful woman like Jennifer is not even on their radar. Mbatha-Raw does so much with the material she is given.
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She is able to communicate her interior with looks and glances, her eyes sparkling with hope as she walks the stage, radiating joy and confidence, aware that she might not get the opportunity to wear the crown, but going for it anyway. It left me grateful that some women misbehaved so that I could live my life on my own terms, but aware that the work is far from over. Some of the coverage you find on Cultured Vultures contains affiliate links, which provide us with small commissions based on purchases made from visiting our site.
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Screenwriters Rebecca Frayn Gaby Chiappe. Companies Shout! Ask a Question. E-mail Address. Watch Now Seen the movie? Rate It!That was the slogan of the Women's Liberation activists who set out to disrupt the Miss World pageant of Their shenanigans made front-page news around the world.
Bob Hope was the Master of Ceremonies, baffled at finding himself the center of a firestorm of feminist anger. While the protests got the most ink, the pageant was hounded by other geopolitical controversies, most significantly from anti-apartheid activists allowing South Africa to compete was seen as condoning the racist regime.
To complicate matters further, and breaking with pageant tradition while reinforcing the racial divide, two women were chosen from South Africa, one white, and one black the second competed under the name "Africa South". Even more extraordinary, the winner, Jennifer Hosten, was from Grenada the first black woman to win the pageantand the first runner-up was the aforementioned "Africa South," Pearl Jasen. Considering these explosive international implications, a group of women throwing flour bombs onto the stage and freaking out Bob Hope may have seemed like the least controversial aspect of the pageant.
The film opens with Sally Keira Knightleystruggling against sexist attitudes at her university her dissertation about women workers is called "niche". She's got a kid at home, and is active in the women's group on campus.
Sally knows the system stinks, but wants a place at the table. Enter the radical feminist Jo Jessie Buckleywho rejects the system altogether. She lives in a commune with women who look down their noses at bourgeois feminists like Sally, but Sally, drawn to their bold protest style, joins the group, just as the Miss World protest starts to take shape. Meanwhile, the pageant contestants arrive in London from around the world, a-flutter with excitement.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Jennifer Hosten, thrilled to be there, but a little naive about the undercurrents of her participation when "Africa South" says to her, point-blank, "Neither of us are going to win," Jennifer is crushed.
Loreece Harrison plays Pearl Jansen, "Miss Africa South," afraid to return home to her country, whether or not she wins. Someone find Japan! Yugoslavia, what are you doing at the front of the line? Eric's wife Julia Keeley Hawes runs interference with the controversies swelling up around the pageant. On the other side of the Atlantic, Bob Hope Greg Kinnearwith a pointy-nose prosthetic accepts the gig, against the wishes of his long-suffering wife Lesley Manvilleboth steely and soft.
Screenwriters Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe split the story up into parts, each one running on its own track, until they all finally intersect. This is both a strength and a weakness in "Misbehaviour": the separate storylines help the film avoid the mistakes made in similar movies, particularly those dealing with feminist history. A lesser film would have centralized the experience of one woman finding her own personal victory through political activism. We've seen that movie so many times.
Scenes counter each other, attitudes shift scene to scene, depending on the context. It's treated as a given that pageants are sexist and gross, but the scenes of pageant rehearsals plus the camaraderie of the contestants tells a different story.
The separate storyline structure runs into trouble because these ideas don't have a chance to develop or take root. The feminists, who decry the very idea of pageants, come up against the practical attitudes of the actual contestants, many of whom are from impoverished backgrounds, who view the pageant as a great opportunity. It's annoying when outsiders protest on your behalf, without even asking you how you feel about it. What if the contestants don't feel victimized?
What if they love participating in pageants? Does that mean they're not feminists, or at the very least women not worth listening to? This is handled somewhat in a great scene late in the film between Knightley and Mbatha-Raw, when Jennifer calls the entire protest—and Sally's entire women's group—into question.