Misbehaviour gets early digital release from Pathe
Staff Reporter | On 06, Apr 2020
Pathe is joining the growing number of distributors breaking the theatrical window in the UK with an early digital release for Misbehaviour.
The comedy, about a team of women planning to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty contest in London, boasts a star-studded cast, including Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan. All that star power couldn’t help the film, though, which was released last month just four days before cinemas closed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In response, Pathe has announced that it will release the film online to watch at home three months ahead of schedule.
The comedy, which is directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls), follows the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement, which achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the 1970 beauty pageant. 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.
The film was written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, and produced by Suzanne Mackie and Sarah Jane Wheale.
The digital download will be released on 15th April 2020 for a limited period across platforms including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV / iTunes, Google Play and CHILI.
It follows an array of films given early digital releases, including Bloodshot, Trolls: World Tour, Emma, The Invisible Man and The Hunt. To keep up-to-date with the latest early digital releases, as well as theatre, stand-up comedy and other culture to stream during the coronavirus lockdown, see our QuaranstreamFest.