A girl from the fashionable end of Chelsea goes down Market to Battersea to experience life. Based on a semi-documentary about Lond on's freewheeling lifestyles of the 1960s.
Tired of her comfortable life in Chelsea, Polly (Suzy Kendall, To Sir With Love
) decides to go 'slumming' in Battersea to see how the other half lives. She soon settles into her new digs, gets a job at a factory, and makes some friends. When one of those friends accidentally falls pregnant, Polly is awakened to the reality that abortion is illegal and can only be gotten through shady back-street dealings. Controversial at the time of its release due to the uncomfortable subject matter, Up the Junction
presents a gritty, unappealing view of working class life in Britain, and calls to mind such kitchen sink dramas as Mike Leigh's Vera Drake
and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
. Based on the novel of the same name by Nell Dunn.