A timid college student, Julie, is assigned to write a research paper on “Nudity in the 1980’s” She and her boyfriend, Steve, visit several nudist clubs in England, the south of France and in Florida to learn about why people like nudism. (from imdb)
And that, in a nutshell, is the plot line to one of the most famous naturist films of the 1980s.
Starring Gail Ward, who played the title role of ‘Julie (Potter)’, apparently she’s not been traceable in any subsequent movie, although I have been able to find out that the film makers, Heritage Video, initially looked at actresses…but couldn’t find any willing to act while nude. Then they turned to actual nudists, but couldn’t find any that could act! They then put an ad in a paper; and Gail Ward, an aspiring new actress, stepped forward. This is her actual quote from the article:
“I saw the article in the newspaper about the problems Heritage were having finding a leading lady, and the part really appealed to me. I’ve no inhibitions whatsoever about acting without clothes, and in fact I’ve become a naturist myself.”
The entire movie is on youtube, although it seems to be a rather dark copy (in places) taken from videotape (VHS, for those old enough to remember that, I would imagine).
I’ve only recently discovered an article online (from H&E magazine), published after the film’s release, which outlines the trials and tribulations of the film’s making, hence me revisiting the first naturist film I ever saw. As far as I can ascertain, it has never been digitised, remastered or re-released, which is a shame as it does offer an insight into naturism then, much of which holds true now.
Additionally, it shows Cap D’Agde in its naturist glory days, prior to it all becoming a bit of a swingers’ paradise.
It’s a film I’d recommend anyone interested in naturism watches.
(nb: the film’s title obviously takes its cue from Educating Rita, starring Julie Walters & Michael Caine, which had come out the year before. Did it get titled ‘Julie’ because Julie Walters was the actress in the ‘Rita’ film? Who knows?)