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|Wish You Were Here|
US theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Leland|
|Produced by||Sarah Radclyffe|
|Written by||David Leland|
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||George Akers|
|Distributed by||Atlantic Releasing Corp|
Wish You Were Here is a 1987 British comedy-drama film written and directed by David Leland and starring Emily Lloyd and Tom Bell. The original music score was composed by Stanley Myers. The story is loosely based on the formative years of Cynthia Payne.
Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell lives in a small English seaside town in the early 1950s. She is feisty, outspoken and precocious and tries to shock other people with her histrionic behaviour and vulgar tongue (her favourite insult is "Up yer bum"). Bored with conventional jobs (which she frequently loses) and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends, her life changes. She becomes pregnant and her father, a somewhat rigid and conventional man, disowns her. Desperately she tries to seek an illegal abortion but in the end decides to become a mother.
The film was based loosely on the memoirs of the British madam Cynthia Payne as an adolescent growing up on the Sussex coast. It was filmed in the Sussex towns of Brighton, Worthing and Bognor Regis.
Wish You Were Here has an overall approval rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ stars out of four, praising Lloyd's performance as "one of the great debut roles for a young actress".