Permissive

1970

Drama

51
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 192

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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
90 min
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
90 min
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Reviewed by moray-jones 9 / 10 / 10

Masterful film-making

I just watched this as a restored BFI DVD and I'm glad someone took the trouble to bring this film back to public attention. It has the look of being docu-drama, with nothing glossy, as it tracks a young woman coming to London to join her friend in the big smoke. Dressed in duffel coat and thoroughly unschooled in life, she finds her friend not the perfect protector, though friendly and helpful. Her friend holds, and guards, the coveted position of band-leader's girlfriend amongst a gaggle of groupies and is well ensconced in the life of swinging London. There are drugs and sex, all of it mundane and unglamourous. People use the drugs to check their feelings and avoid the hurt and fears they all want to be too cool to have. There is living on the streets and the drudgery of a band constantly packing up its Ford Transit and moving from one cheap hotel to the next. But the director uses a great device to imbue scenes with tension and momentum, sneaking us little flash-forwards in the lives of the characters, silent clips of where they will soon be - whether it's having sex on a toilet or dead. Along the way we see the band playing, and have their music on the soundtrack giving a great authentic feel. The film isn't about the band though, it's about the women who follow them. What looks like it is starting out as a moralistic tale about women getting abused by callous men in their naiveté, develops into something much more powerful. The men are pushed into the background and hardly show any initiative. They are pretty much 2-dimensional, unobtrusive and show little in the way of being predators. One guy is painted that way, but is not ruthless and far from the centre of focus and actually does display more to his character. I have a friend who went to an all-girls school and assures me that, as a man, I would never know how brutal a female pecking order can be. In films, we see it all the time with the core cliché of the beautiful girls who get usurped by the plainer girl who wins the heart of the hero. But it's usually there to show the underdog winning through despite the machinations of the beautiful stereotypes. I feel this film does something quite rare. It makes women and their relationships the subject of the film, and attempts to make it authentic as well - even rarer.

Reviewed by tomgillespie2002 7 / 10 / 10

Once shocking but now very dated

Made in 1972 and relatively forgotten about since the BFI recently restored it onto Blu-Ray and DVD, Permissive follows the fortunes of a young girl who enters the world of the rock star groupie, back when Britannia was cool and was at the forefront of fashion and music. Suzy (Maggie Stride) arrives in London and meets up with her friend Fiona (the unfortunately named Gay Singleton), who is in a relationship with the hairy-faced Lee (Alan Gorrie), bass player and lead singer of rock band Forever More. She adopts the lifestyle and offers herself for sex to the bands various sleazy members before she is left behind as the group go on tour. On their return, she is eventually accepted and begins to fall into a moral downward spiral. Perhaps quite shocking in its day, showing plenty of full frontal nudity, drug abuse and generally questionable behaviour, the film now seems extremely mild and somewhat tedious. The acting is especially dubious, mainly from the band members of real-life group Forever More, who although not given much to do, look noticeably uncomfortable delivering their lines. It isn't without good points however – Suzy's decline from wide-eyed innocent into full-blown slut who seems to have no goal other than to have sex with as many people as possible without a second thought of the effect it will have on her friends, is very interesting, and is performed reasonably well by Stride. Interesting to view as a time-capsule of a time when extreme facial hair was cool and free-love was frowned upon, but as a piece of filmmaking it cannot hide from its low-budget limitations, and the years have had its effect on the film's power. www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 7 / 10 / 10

Forever More.

Being extremely impressed by the care that the BFI had displayed in bringing Stanley Long's Bread to be included as a bonus feature on their "Flipside" DVD,I felt that it was a the perfect time to take a look at the DVD's main feature ,and discover how permissive director Lindsay Shonteff could really be. The plot: Having recently moved to London,Suzy decides to pay her old friend Fiona a visit.Expecting to find Fiona on her own,relaxing in her apartment,Suzy instead almost rushes out of the building when she catches Fiona getting "hot & heavy" with a man in bed.Quickly pausing the "bedroom activates" and telling Suzy not to run off,Fiona gives her friend the wonderful news that she has recently become a groupie for an up and coming band called Forever More.Initially trying to distance herself from entering Fiona's world,Suzy begins to find the temptation impossible to resist,and soon joins her friend in entering the world of the groupie,which holds deadly consequence's for both of them View on the film: From the opening of the movie featuring a women's reflection behind the credits,director Lindsay Shonteff cleverly features a reflective object in the background or foreground of every scene,to show how despite their future staring right back at them,Fiona and Suzy stay focus on the fun they are currently having in the groupie world,and completely ignore all of the future trouble that is right in front of their very eyes. Keeping the movies "music scene" in smoke filled pubs and clubs,screenwriter Jeremy Craig Dryden gives a terrific mix of surprisingly tender moments, (such as Suzy and Fiona's heartfelt relationship) with a wicked sense of humour and truly macabre plot twists of jumping to the future a number of times to show the tragic deaths that the two friends meet!Along with the giving the film its smooth folk Rock soundtrack,Forever More unexpectedly play themselves as a real bunch of creeps,with the moments when the two friends attempt to breakaway from being groupies,always having a member of Forever More ready and willing to temp them back for more dangerous fun. As the relationship between Fiona and Suzy starts to deepen into an ahead of its time Lesbian love affair,actresses Maggie Stride and Gay Singleton do amazingly well at changing the mood of the scenes,from director Shonteff showing off,their admittedly beautiful bodies,to instead make the mood of the scenes a lot more emotional and tender.

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