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Dir. Molly Manning Walker
2024, France, Greece, UK, 91 min

Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday, drinking, clubbing and hooking up in what should be the best summer of their lives. As they dance their way across the sun-drenched streets of Malia, they find themselves navigating the complexities of sex, consent and self-discovery. Captured with luminous visuals and a pitch-perfect soundtrack, Manning Walker’s directorial debut paints a painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood, and how first sexual experiences should – or shouldn’t – play out.

Content warning: This film includes challenging and/or triggering subject matter and scenes of sexual assault.

“Molly Manning Walker’s glittery, gritty, EDM-soundtracked feature debut rages in a timely way, avoiding coming-of-age clichés and, more importantly, any shaming. Serving a cocktail of youthful horniness and the realities of being in such a vulnerable state, How to Have Sex is about self-acceptance, friendship, and survival. This film is for anyone who’s ever felt like being left behind leads to the end of the world.” – TIFF

“A significant and much-needed conversation starter regarding the grey areas of sexual assault that screen culture as a whole tends to shy away from” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ.org

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