Shot and set in Manchester, the 1962 acclaimed ‘Kitchen Sink’ drama, A Kind of Loving was adapted from the Stan Barstow novel of the same name. Directed by John Schlesinger (Darling, Midnight Cowboy), the film stars Alan Bates as Vic Brown, a young draughtsman, whose search for love leads to Ingrid Rothwell (June Ritchie, in her screen debut), an employee in the company. Ingrid quickly falls in love with Vic, only to find herself falling pregnant after which Vic reluctantly agrees to marry her. Finding himself forced into a life he never wanted, Vic begins to resent Ingrid and the position he finds himself in. A Kind of Loving won widespread critical acclaim upon its theatrical release, winning the Golden Bear at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962 and scoring four BAFTA nominations. The film was also a commercial success, becoming one of the most popular films at the UK box office that year.
Written By Willis Hall And Keith Waterhouse
Based on the novel By Stan Barstow
The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).