Adapted and toned down for the screen from her own novel of the same name by Gillian Freeman , The Leather Boys was still considered bold and provocative owing to its portrayal of the deep friendship that grows between Reggie and gay biker Pete Dudley Sutton. Following her multiple award-winning performance as Jo in A Taste of Honey, Tushingham played Karen in Girl With Green Eyes , who sees her relationship with an older man fall apart. To be young and in love in British cinema is to have your hopes and dreams stripped bare. Furie The Leather Boys For a few years in the early 60s, Rita Tushingham was the go-to girl for playing teenagers grappling with the ups and downs of their first serious love affairs. Set in London but largely shot in Munich, and featuring a memorable, sexually predatory cameo by Diana Dors , Deep End takes place in and around a suburban public baths and swimming pool. Rarely has young love been so strikingly portrayed in British cinema. A Taste of Honey Director Tony Richardson A Taste of Honey When Salford born Shelagh Delaney put pen to paper to write her first play, which she completed in just ten days, little could she have imagined both the impact it would have on theatre audiences and the lasting influence the big screen adaptation would have on British cinema. Growing up and finding your place in the adult world is tough, and many of the adolescent romances depicted in British films tell often painfully-learned life lessons. Here are 10 of the best films on the subject. A significant contribution to the British New Wave, A Taste of Honey was, for the time, an unfamiliar look at the turbulent life of working class year-old Jo Rita Tushingham. As the era progressed so too did the representations of youthful love, as same-sex and interracial relationships reflected life as it was being lived, with homophobia and racism an added complication to teenage romances. Looking for love and security, Jo falls for and falls pregnant by a black sailor, Jimmy Paul Danquah , before going on to share a flat with her gay co-worker, Geoffrey Murray Melvin.