How to Have Sex
It’s supposed to be the best summer ever. Tara, Skye and Em touch down on the Greek party resort of Malia for the vacation to end all vacations, the girls trip every British teenager ticks off at the cusp of adulthood. Tara, the last remaining virgin, is on a mission to change that: and her best friends are causing chaos right alongside her. The 16-year-old drinks and dances her way through the strip – with all its messy bars and grimy nightclubs – until she meets a couple of boys on the neighboring hotel balcony who she hopes might give her a summer to remember.
Making her debut feature with a vibrant, compassionate look at sex, friendship, consent and the sweet smell of a boozy sunburned summer holiday, director and cinematographer Molly Manning Walker (Scrapper, Good Thanks, You?) paints an exhilarating, moving, and painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood.
Production countries: United Kingdom, Greece
Duration: 98 min.
Directed by: Molly Manning Walker
Written by: Molly Manning Walker
Produced by: Ivana MacKinnon, Emily Leo, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cinematography: Nicolas Canniccioni
Editing: Fin Oates
Production Design: Luke Moran-Morris
Costume Design: George Buxton
Make-Up: Natasha Lawes
Sound: Steven Fanagan, Nikos Konstantinos
Original Score: James Jacob
Visual Effects: Danny Duke
Casting Director: Isabella Odoffin
Cast: Mia McKenna-Bruce
About the director
Walker is a Cinematographer and Writer/Director based in London. She graduated from the NFTS Cinematography course in 2019. Molly’s first short film 'Good Thanks, You?' was produced by DMC and Try Hard Films. It was included in the Semaine De La Critique program at Cannes and her debut feature, How To Have Sex, subsequently won the Next Step prize at Cannes for the script. Molly's second short, 'The Forgotten C' was also BIFA nominated. How To Have Sex debuted in Un Certain Regard at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. The film is produced by Wild Swim’s Ivana MacKinnon and Emily Leo, alongside Heretic’s Konstantinos Kontovrakis. Film4 and BFI developed the project and financed alongside mk2 Films. MUBI acquired the film in multiple territories before the festival. While Condor acquired the film for French distribution.
As a DP, she works across formats from documentary, fiction and advertising and recently shot Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winning Scrapper with director Charlotte Regan. She is represented by Independent Talent as a writer/director and for cinematography by Wizzo & Co and UTA.