Joanna (1968 film)


Film poster
Directed by Michael Sarne
Produced by Michael Laughlin
Written by Michael Sarne
Starring Geneviève Waïte
Music by Rod McKuen
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Edited by Norman Wanstall
Release dates
  • December 1968 (1968-12)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.2 million[1]
Box office $1.3 million (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Joanna is a 1968 British drama film, directed by Michael Sarne and set in swinging London. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival,[3] but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France.


Joanna, an art student in London, has a romantic fling with her teacher, aspiring painter Hendrik Casson. She eventually leaves him for impoverished Dominic, while her gold-digging friend Beryl takes up with the quite wealthy Lord Sanderson.

They travel to Sanderson's second home in Morocco, where he reveals that he has a terminal illness and sponsors an exhibit of Hendrik's paintings. Meanwhile, Dominic dumps Joanna because she refuses to stop seeing other men.

Joanna's next lover, Beryl's brother Gordon, impregnates her. Beaten by criminals to whom he's in debt, Gordon takes revenge by killing one. He is convicted of murder and sent to prison, leaving Joanna alone.



  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
  2. Solomon p 231. "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Joanna". Retrieved 4 April 2009.

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