Watch Up the Junction
Up the Junction is both a coming-of-age film and a social issue film. Made in Britain, the film chronicles the life of a young rich woman from Chelsea who decides to see what life is like on the rough side of town. She gets much more than she bargained for, but makes close friends and falls in love. Polly Dean is the main character. While she grew up in upscale Chelsea, she desires to move to a lower income area. She has attended the finest schools and has never had to struggle for a paycheck. Her family is extremely well-to-do, but life in Chelsea is not fulfilling to her. One day, she decides to move to Battersea, a depressed and impoverished working-class neighbourhood and begins working in a confectionary factory. The film shows Polly spend grueling days standing at the factory, making candies. Her schedule is exhausting and the people there seem trapped. When two young women who are sisters decide to befriend her, Polly starts to make the life that she dreamed of - one in which she makes money on her own terms while shunning the privileged, well-to-do world of upper-crust Britain. Polly soon pursues a relationship with a young boy who does not understand why she chooses to live in Battersea when she could have a much easier life. Soon, he begins to resent her and takes out his class rage in their conversations. Polly is bewildered by his reaction, but continues to try and pursue a romantic relationship with him. Meanwhile, one of the women from the factory, a dear friend of Polly's, becomes pregnant and does not know what to do. She cannot afford to keep the child, is not ready to have children, and the father is absent and disinterested. At the same time, abortion is illegal and highly dangerous. Polly uses some of her money to help her friend procure an abortion. But, in the end, she dies.