|A Kind of Loving|
|Directed by||John Schlesinger|
|Written by||Keith Waterhouse |
|Based on||novel by Stan Barstow|
|Produced by||Joseph Janni|
|Starring||Alan Bates |
|Edited by||Roger Cherrill|
|Music by||Ron Grainer|
Vic Films Productions
|12 April 1962 (UK) |
1 October 1962 (U.S.)
|Box office||£450,000 (UK)|
A Kind of Loving is a 1962 British kitchen sink drama film directed by John Schlesinger, based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Stan Barstow. It stars Alan Bates and June Ritchie as two lovers in early 1960s Lancashire. The photography was by Denys Coop, and the music by Ron Grainer. Filming locations included the towns of Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Salford, Manchester, Radcliffe and St Anne's-on-Sea in the northwest of England.
The film belongs to the British New Wave movement in film, and the related genre commonly known as "kitchen sink drama". The novel was later adapted into the 1982 television series A Kind of Loving.
Victor 'Vic' Brown (Bates) is a draughtsman in a Manchester factory who sleeps with a typist called Ingrid Rothwell (Ritchie) who also works there. She falls for him but he is less enamoured of her. When he learns he has made her pregnant Vic proposes marriage and the couple move in with Ingrid's protective, domineering mother, Mrs Rothwell (Thora Hird), who disapproves of the match. Ingrid has a miscarriage, Vic has regrets and comes home drunk. The couple then consider the possibility of making do with 'a kind of loving'.
It was the sixth most popular film at the British box office in 1962.
The film won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962.