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Molly Manning Walker

How to Have Sex

98' - 2023 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Molly Manning Walker Composer: James Jacob With: Mia McKenna-Bruce, Samuel Bottomley, Daisy Jelley, Laura Ambler
A powerful reflection on consent, this energetic debut confidently paves a way between Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Charlotte Wells' Aftersun.

"Best! Holiday! Ever!" After a miserably long school year and in post-exam ecstasy, three 16-year-old besties arrive in Crete. Packed with flashy outfits and fragrant sunscreen, the friends head to an overcrowded resort town in search of experiences to satisfy their hunger for what should represent (a carefree version of) adulthood. Hostility lurks in the opposite hotel room, however, when one of the guests recklessly oversteps Tara's (Mia McKenna-Bruce) boundaries. Debuting filmmaker and established cinematographer Molly Manning Walker drew on memories of her holidays from her youth to bring us this punishing but (sadly, often) painfully recognisable story with which she won the young talent award at Cannes. It seems that we can never learn enough about sex and, more importantly, our responsibilities towards each other.

How to Have Sex resists much of the obvious confrontation and catharsis you’d expect in movies of this type, instead trading in the thwarted impulses and micro-reactions of real life, and it’s all the more devastating for it.” - Variety

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Molly Manning Walker


James Jacob


Mia McKenna-Bruce, Samuel Bottomley, Daisy Jelley, Laura Ambler


Molly Manning Walker

Director of Photography

Nicolas Canniccioni


Fin Oates


Emily Leo, Ivana MacKinnon, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Production studios

British Film Institute (BFI)


Imagine Film Distribution

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Countries of production

Greece, United Kingdom




Molly Manning Walker
The Worlds My Oyster (short, 2016), The Forgotten C (short, 2020), Good Thanks, You? (short, 2020), How to Have Sex (2023)

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