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The book is set in the West Riding of Yorkshire and not Manchester which is in Lancashire. The locations in the film are Lancastrian, but the setting is still the West Riding in Yorkshire. Whilst Lancashire and Yorkshire tend to get lumped together as 'Northern' despite similarities, both counties have distinct differences. I don't know why it was filmed in Lancaster when there would have been more authentic locations in the West Riding of Yorkshire (as West Yorkshire was known before the 1974 revision of the county boundaries)

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A Kind of Loving
File:A Kind of Loving (1962) film poster.jpg
Directed byJohn Schlesinger
Written byKeith Waterhouse
Willis Hall
Produced byJoseph Janni
StarringAlan Bates
June Ritchie
Thora Hird
CinematographyDenys Coop
Edited byRoger Cherrill
Music byRon Grainer
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]

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 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 north-west 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 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 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'.


  • Alan Bates as Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown
  • Thora Hird as Mrs. Rothwell
  • June Ritchie as Ingrid Rothwell
  • Bert Palmer as Mr. Geoffrey Brown
  • Pat Keen as Christine Harris
  • James Bolam as Jeff
  • Jack Smethurst as Conroy
  • Gwen Nelson as Mrs. Brown
  • John Ronane as Draughtsman
  • David Mahlowe as David Harris
  • Patsy Rowlands as Dorothy
  • Michael Deacon as Les
  • Annette Robertson as Phoebe
  • Fred Ferris as Althorpe
  • Leonard Rossiter as Whymper
  • Malcolm Patton as Jim Brown
  • Harry Markham as Railwayman
  • Peter Madden as Registrar
  • David Cook as Draughtsman (uncredited)
  • Joe Gladwin as Bus Conductor (uncredited)
  • Norman Heyes as Laisterdyke (uncredited)
  • Bryan Mosley as Bus Conductor (uncredited)
  • Kathy Staff as Mrs Oliphant (uncredited)


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. 1.0 1.1 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". Retrieved 3 February 2010.

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