A Kind of Loving (film)

A Kind of Loving is a 1962 British 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.

A Kind of Loving
Directed byJohn Schlesinger
Produced byJoseph Janni
Written byKeith Waterhouse
Willis Hall
Based onnovel by Stan Barstow
StarringAlan Bates
June Ritchie
Thora Hird
Music byRon Grainer
CinematographyDenys Coop
Edited byRoger Cherrill
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated
Governor Films
Release date
12 April 1962 (UK)
1 October 1962 (U.S.)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£450,000 (UK)[1]

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 turned into a 1982 television series A Kind of Loving.

Plot summary

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.[2]


The film won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962.[3]


  1. Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p120
  2. "Money-Making Films Of 1962." Times [London, England] 4 Jan. 1963: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
  3. "Berlinale: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
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