'Home Before Midnight' (1979) was directed by Pete Walker. Walker is, of course, a great British auteur, a busy director of smut and horror on a shoestring. This film seems a more self-consciously mainstream drama than, say, 'House Of Whipcord', but it's all relative - this is still cheap exploitation -although, of course, I have absolutely nothing against that.
|This is Mike. The dirty bastard.|
|The mature looking Ginny.|
|The unbelievable truth.|
|The inevitable consequences.|
Her parents don't see the romantic side of it when they find out, of course, and have Mike in the dock before he can say 'it was consensual, honest' - and the shit he's in gets considerably deeper and shittier when Ginny is frightened into a change of heart, regresses five years in maturity and tells the Police that Mike knew her age all the time and forced her into it.
|Cock in the dock.|
'Home Before Midnight' isn't a bad film, but it's a very bad subject to make a film about, as there isn't really any credible moral equivalence in the debate. On the plus side, it has some decent actors in it and it's professionally made. The main problem is that the character of Ginny is badly realised, jumping around from intelligent, mature woman to shameless schemer to blubbing schoolgirl to suit the twisting storyline, and this undermines whatever kind of point is being made.