Educating Rita - Mar 2003
Susan White, a married woman in her twenties and working as a hairdresser, signs
up for an Open University course because she is eager to learn about English
literature. She changes her name to Rita because Rubyfruit Jungle
by Rita Mae West is her favourite book. Her husband strongly opposes her decision and urges
her to have a baby instead.
At the university she meets her tutor, Frank Bryant, who is an unsuccessful middle-aged academic with a drink problem who has no experience in teaching working-class students but has agreed to tutor OU students because he desperately needs the money. Overcoming his initial repulsion at teaching literature to an entirely uneducated person, his ambition to turn Rita into a respectable and educated member of society gets the better of him. When he sees how quickly Rita learns and how eager she is, he falls in love with his 'creation' but fails to see that she is no longer dependent on him.
Rita and Frank get acquainted
Rita goes to leave within minutes
Rita starts to expound her philosophy
Meaningful discussions about literature
Rita waxes lyrical about the theatre
The pressure (and alcohol) gets to Frank