A Kind Of Loving


Directed By

John Schlesinger


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.

Alan Bates, June Ritchie
Other Credits

Written By Willis Hall And Keith Waterhouse

Based on the novel By Stan Barstow

Release Date
1 August 2016
  • New Interview with writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie (author of Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England and Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North)
  • New A Kind of Loving & The British New Wave – featurette including interviews with John Hill and Melanie Williams
  • NFT interview with John Schlesinger (1988)
  • Terminus (1962) Oscar-winning short film directed by John Schlesinger
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).


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