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Oranges on DVD
on 19 April 2003
When the Television adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s classic ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ first hit the BBC in 1990 it was considered revolutionary to portray a lesbian love affair on the terrestrial screen. This is only one aspect of an amazing semi-autobiographical tale.
Jess is adopted into a Pentecostal family in the north of England and learns about life through her mother and her church. When her mother is forced to put Jess into a conventional education Jess finds herself very out of place.
By the time Jess reaches her mid teens she is a strong member within her church often preaching the word of the Lord. Soon she finds herself in conflict again, this time with her family – Jess has fallen in love with another girl.
Jeanette Winterson’s tale is not just a coming out story it is about having the strength to follow your heart and think for yourself.