Baby Love (1968) | This explosive British sex drama is an overlooked gem

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When her mother Liz (Diana Dors) commits suicide, 15-year-old Luci (Linda Hayden) leaves the Lancashire slums to live with Liz’s former lover, Robert Quayle (Keith Barron), and his family at their posh Hampton Court home. Haunted by her mother’s death and overawed by her new surroundings, Luci swings between depression and excitement, but her arrival also brings out deep-seated fears, guilt and desires within her adoptive family whom she seduces and ultimately destroys…

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THE LOWDOWN This drama, based on a lurid novel by Tina Chad Christian, marked the big-screen debut not only of future Hammer horror and Confessions… star Linda Hayden, but also of Bafta and Emmy award-winning director Alastair Reid (Traffik) and features a stand-out performance by Ann Lynn as the frustrated married woman who dangerously falls for Hayden’s nymphet. Dick Emery can be seen in a role far removed from his TV comedy persona. The ending is suitably shocking.

DID YOU KNOW? Sir Christopher Wren’s former home in East Molesey stands in for the family’s Hampton Court home, while the film also makes effective use of Richmond Lock and Twickenham Bridge, as well as London’s Bond Street and Hanover Square. The film's theme song is performed by 1960s soft rock band KATCH22 during a disco scene, and was released on the album Major Catastrophe.

THE UK DVD RELEASE Released on DVD in the UK as part Network’s The British Film collection, Baby Love