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Preview: How to Have Sex (15) + ScreenTalk with director Molly Manning Walker and actor Mia McKenna-Bruce

A young woman in a sweaty club looks forward, dazed, whilst bodies dance around her in the dark.

Winner of Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2023, Molly Manning Walker’s feature debut is an absolute knockout; extremely daring yet subtle, exploring the complexities of sex, consent and relationships.

Tara (Mia McKenna-Bruce), Skye (Lara Peake) and Em (Enva Lewis) are off on the summer holiday of their dreams; a mixture of sun, sea and non-stop partying. When they meet another threesome of young holidaymakers, it looks like romance may be on the cards. They become fast friends and soon begin to pair off, but things take a dark turn when the young women are separated.

Writer/director Manning Walker’s feature debut is incredibly authentic and well-observed, fresh and original, subtle yet sharp, with unconventional, unexpected, unrelenting and insightful direction. McKenna-Bruce is phenomenal as Tara, a young woman who is vulnerable and chaotic, yet lively and magnetic.

We are delighted to have writer/director Molly Manning Walker and actor Mia McKenna-Bruce in conversation with Barbican Curator Sonia Zadurian after the film.

2023 UK/Greece Dir Molly Manning Walker 98min

Please note: This film explores the issue of consent and depicts non-consensual sexual acts, which some viewers may find upsetting.


There is audio description available for this title. We provide audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones. Please ask a member of staff for a set of headphones.

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