Geraldine McEwan in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Winner of Three BAFTA Awards
Geraldine McEwan received the BAFTA Best Actress award for her portrayal of the Mother.

BAFTA Awards, UK
Best Actress [Geraldine McEwan] - winner
Best Drama Series/Serial [Phillippa Giles, Beeban Kidron, Jeanette Winterson] - winner
Best Film Sound [Kathy Rodwell, Malcolm Webberley, Aad Wirtz] - winner
Best Actress [Emily Aston, Charlotte Coleman] - nominated
Best Costume Design [Les Lansdown] - nominated
Best Original Television Music [Rachel Portman] - nominated

San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, USA
Audience Award Best Feature [Beeban Kidron] - winner

GLAAD Media Awards
Outstanding TV Movie - winner

Royal Television Society, UK
Best Actor: Female [Charlotte Coleman] - winner
Best Costume Design: Drama [Les Lansdown] - nominated

FIPA d'Argent  - Cannes
Best TV script Jeanette Winterson - winner
Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel transfers wonderfully to the screen in this BBC adaptation (with a screenplay by Winterson). Read more...
Cast and Credits
.......the film belongs to Geraldine McEwan as Jess's mother. McEwan obviously relishes Winterson's script, and she creates a character who is monstrous, ridiculous, and surprisingly sympathetic. It's a difficult role to carry off, but McEwan succeeds. Her performance is the high point of this award-winning, provocative film.
Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel transfers wonderfully to the screen in this BBC adaptation (with a screenplay by Winterson). Jess is the adopted daughter of evangelical Christians living in the northwest of England during the 1960s. Her mother wants Jess to be a missionary, but when she falls in love with Melanie, Jess begins to realize that there is more to life than church.
When Jess's mother begins to suspect the girls of "unnatural passions" she tries to destroy their relationship with the help of Pastor Finch (Kenneth Cranham) and his congregation. But their efforts--including a terrifying attempt at exorcism--only push Jess further away. Jess eventually understands that the only way to survive is to escape, and she sets her sights on a place at Oxford.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is both a broad comedy and a moving coming-of-age story. Charlotte Coleman is perfect as the teenage Jess, attempting to reconcile her religious devotion and her adolescent passion, but the film belongs to Geraldine McEwan as Jess's mother. McEwan obviously relishes Winterson's script, and she creates a character who is monstrous, ridiculous, and surprisingly sympathetic. It's a difficult role to carry off, but McEwan succeeds. Her performance is the high point of this award-winning, provocative film. --Simon Leake
Full Cast and Crew for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990) (TV) Directed by
Beeban Kidron

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Jeanette Winterson also novel
Cast (in credits order)
Charlotte Coleman.... Jess
Geraldine McEwan.... Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Mark Aspinall.... Ian
Emily Aston.... Small Jess
Sharon Bower.... Mrs. Vole
Cathryn Bradshaw.... Melanie
Kenneth Cranham.... Pastor Finch
Freda Dowie.... Mrs. Green
James Duggan.... Second fisherman
Pam Ferris.... Mrs. Arkwright
Peter Gordon.... William
Richard Henders.... Graham
Barbara Hicks.... Cissy
Celia Imrie.... Miss Jewsbury
Ken Kitson.... First fisherman
Maggie Lane.... First ice cream woman
Katy Murphy.... Mrs Virtue
Tania Rodrigues.... Katy
Norma Shebbeare.... Dust pan
Elizabeth Spriggs.... May
Tamar Swade.... Church pianist
David Thewlis.... Doctor
Sophie Thursfield.... Jess's real mother
Mandy Walsh.... Second ice cream woman
Margery Withers.... Elsie
Michael Jaimes.... Child in Hospital (uncredited)

Winner of Three
BAFTA
Awards

Geraldine McEwan receives the BAFTA Best Actress award for her portrayal of the Mother.
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