In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
**Please be aware this film is only available for a one-time screening on Wednesday, August 12 from 7:00-9:00PM CT directly followed by a Q&A with the director, Phillippa Lowthorpe and Jennifer Hosten, who is Miss Grenada herself!
Director(s): Philippa Lowthorpe
Writer(s): Gaby Chiappe, Rebecca Frayn
Producer(s): Suzanne Mackie, Sarah Jane Wheale
Keira Knightley (Sally Alexander), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jennifer Hosten - Miss Grenada), Jessie Buckley (Jo Robinson), Keeley Hawes (Julia Morley), Lesley Manville (Dolores Hope)