It was written by George Melly and directed by Desmond Davis. The supporting cast included Ian Carmichael, Michael York, Jeremy Lloyd, Anna Quayle, Irene Handl, Arthur Mullard and Geoffrey Hughes.
Smashing time 1967
Brenda (Rita Tushingham) and Yvonne (Lynn Redgrave), two girls from the North of England, arrive in London to seek fame and fortune. However, their image of the city is quickly tarnished when they are robbed of their savings by a tramp. Determined not to let her chance slip, Yvonne visits Carnaby Street in the hope of catching the eye of a trendy photographer, whilst Brenda has to stay behind and do the washing up in a 'greasy spoon' cafe after the girls can't afford to pay.
Yvonne does get spotted by a trendy photographer, Tom Wabe (Michael York), but for all the wrong reasons; she is singled out for being poorly dressed.
After several unsuccessful job attempts, Yvonne accidentally wins the star prize in a television game show and decides to invest the prize money in becoming a pop star. Her single, "I'm So Young", though patently awful, becomes a big hit and she and Brenda drift apart. As Tom Wabe's muse, Brenda goes on to become a top model, while Yvonne's popularity wanes. However, at a glamorous party (at the top of the Post Office Tower) the girls realise the shallowness of the media business and decide to return home.
Rita Tushingham as Brenda
Lynn Redgrave as Yvonne
Michael York as Tom Wabe
Anna Quayle as Charlotte Brillig
Irene Handl as Mrs. Gimble
Ian Carmichael as Bobby Mome-Rath
Jeremy Lloyd as Jeremy Tove
Toni Palmer as Toni
George A. Cooper as Irishman
Peter Jones as Dominic
Arthur Mullard as Cafe Boss
Ronnie Stevens as 1st Waiter
John Clive as Sweeney Todd Manager
Mike Lennox as Disc Jockey
Sydney Bromley as Tramp
David Lodge as The Caretaker
Amy Dalby as Demolished Old lady
Murray Melvin as 1st Exquisite
Bruce Lacey as Clive Sword
Cardew Robinson as Custard-Pie Vicar
Tomorrow as The Snarks
Paul Danquah as 2nd Exquisite
Michael Ward as Elderly Shop Owner
Sam Kydd as Workman
Geoffrey Hughes as Workman
Jerold Wells as Workman
Veronica Carlson as Actress at Party
Valerie Leon as Tove's Secretary
The film performed poorly at the box office and ABC recorded a loss of $710,000. The film critic Alexander Walker noted that the film arrived too late to parody 'Swinging London' as the fad was already dead.