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Wish You Were Here [DVD]

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  • Actors: Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Jesse Birdsall, Geoffrey Durham, Pat Heywood
  • Directors: David Leland
  • Producers: Sarah Radclyffe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S399CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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For 15-year-old Linda (Emily Lloyd), growing up in a drab post-war seaside town is not much fun. Unable to contain her rebellious spirit, she shocks her peers and elders with her unrepressed sexuality, culminating in a doomed affair with an older man (Tom Bell). This forbidden relationship results in Linda breaching the ultimate middle-class taboo: she becomes pregnant out of wedlock.


Set in Brighton in 1951, Wish You Were Here contrasts an England of post-war conformity with the free-spirited nature of a girl, Lynda, on the verge of womanhood, played by the then 17-year-old Emily Lloyd, giving one of the great screen debuts. Filled with youthful energy, good-natured yet delighting in shocking the prudish world around her, Lynda is innocently flirtatious and eager to discover sex. She can't quite understand why everyone disapproves so much, and the film expertly balances uproarious comedy with drama in what is essentially a complex character study. The second, darker half has shades of Lolita, with the excellent Tom Bell in the older man role, while Lynda herself in some ways anticipates Laura Dern's Rambling Rose (1991). Director David Leland also wrote the Brighton thriller, Mona Lisa (1986), and Personal Services (1987) based on the true story of the madam, Cynthia Payne. It is on Payne's own early memories, as told to Leland, that the fictional Wish You Were Here is partly based, while Leland went on to further explore female sexual awakening in The Land Girls (1997) again explores female sexual awakening --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
This was one of the few good movies to come out of the 80s. Although I am not keen on films with this sort of theme, I found this an absolute tonic! Hilariously funny in places, which will have you in tears with laughter - before it gets a bit more 'serious' that is.

Emily Lloyd is superb as Linda - the girl with 'attitude', and is most entertaining as we follow her story from the little girl who says 'bum' during a prim family gathering, to a young woman who ends up pregnant after 'bonking' an older man (Tom Bell) in her father's garden shed!

Mixed in with the silliness, we do have some rather moving scenes about a girl who is looking for affection and attention from anywhere she can get it, but doesn't have in inkling on how to go about it... Instead, she sells herself short, and soon discovers that the easiest way to obtain it is to 'flaunt' her sexuality at anything in trousers. Ironically though, this often results into tremendously comic scenes rather than sympathetic ones, and these, however prim the viewer, will simply have to be amused by. Just try and be offended when you see Emily Lloyd's character run around the garden skipping late at night singing and shouting 'up your bum'! I guarantee this will have you in stitches!

Buy this now - it's been unavailable for too long!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cormack on 22 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
The latter of two British films scripted by David Leland and based upon the life of Cynthia Payne, a former madam and prostitute (the other, released just five months earlier, being "Personal Services", featuring Julie Walters), this film looks at her early life and sexual experiences. It does so in the style of a 1960s "kitchen sink" drama, focusing on the everyday aspects of sex and sexuality, such as condoms and nosy uncles. But this film is made absolutely unforgettable by the performance of Emily Lloyd, playing "Linda" (the Cynthia Payne character), in which she displays remarkable fire, vigour, over-brimming life and downright bare-faced cheek (in more ways than one!).

In fact Lloyd's performance is so dazzling that it makes you feel that it is being contrasted against the grim grey boring 1950s the characters inhabit. It's a setting where decorum is more important than feelings which are to be repressed, and sex is often a matter of ignorance or salacious advantage-taking. In this setting Linda explodes, a dervish who kicks against all repression and breaks every rule simply because she wants to. Maybe her behaviour is childish and attention-seeking, but then so were the 1960s in many ways.

And this is just about my only criticism of the film - the 1950s are presented as a monochrome, uniform, dull and repressive era, when in fact they had jazz and early rock and roll and Abstract Expressionism in art, all of which were as exciting as British Invasion and Mary Quant and the Mini. Never mind, each generation paints an unflattering picture of that preceding it, and this repressive atmosphere of course heightens the constrast between the seemingly irrepresible Linda and the dull times she lived in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilberfalse on 17 May 2013
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To do justice to this film would require words that the Amazon auto-censor would reject outright. Therein lies the essence of the film which cocks a snook at our conventions and hypocrisies at many levels.

The central character is Lynda a precocious child well out of puberty and in her mid-teens. She lost her mother when she was eleven years (there are a few flashbacks) and has recently re-established contact with her father who served in the Royal Navy during WW2. She has a younger sister who by comparison is prim and proper (member of the Girl Guides). The two sisters live with their father where Lynda's behaviour causes stress to the small family circle and beyond. Later, when she discovers she is pregnant, she removes herself (temporarily?) from the family home.

Lynda had developed the habit of using obscene words from an early age and now that she has become fully sexually aware her frequent use of these words throws her into conflict with the conventions of society. There is a deep emotional hiatus at work that stems from the loss of a mother at a critical stage in child's life. Her many adventures are by turn both amusing and pathetic.

The film is full of nuance and deserves to be seen a number of times. The episode with the psychiatrist, for example, has as much to say about psychiatry (the "doctor" chain smokes during his interview with Lynda) as about the patient.

Her exhibitionist behaviour may be understood as a protective shell that is seen to crack at times revealing a sensitive, vulnerable nature (as in the cinema where she breaks down in tears when watching a harrowing scene from "Love Story" with Stewart Granger et al).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Gorton on 30 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
this film is a story of teenage rebellion ,but quite unlike rebel without a cause .far less seriously made and with a strand of humour which carries on the entire film and is a really harmless version of teenage rebellion.
i will admit that i originally bought this film as i have always had a soft spot for bognor and was even there on holiday when part of the pier blew down in a summer a portrayl of the town it is highly realistic though interestingly enough does not have one shot of butlins holiday camp which dominated the town.
emily lloyd is fantastic as the wild teenager and tom bell(who i think was in prime suspect)as the dirty old man ,who these days would be on the sex offenders register is equally good.
sound film dealing with a sensitive subject in an amusing way,buy it and enjoy but for some reason the cinema featured on the seafront was not in bognor but in worthing
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