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  • Production
  • 18
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 2013
  • 105 mins

The Look Of Love

Film4 Look Of Love

Synopsis

Steve Coogan plays Paul Raymond, the 'King of Soho', so dubbed by the press due to his huge club and property empire which, along with his porn business, amassed him a fortune of billions of pounds in Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love written by Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy, Control). Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots also star.

About

The Look Of Love reunites Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan following their critically-acclaimed collaborations 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story and The Trip. Film4 developed and co-financed the film, with Studiocanal co-financing and having UK distribution rights, and selling internationally.

Coogan comments "Like 24 Hour Party People, it's a very British story about an eccentric character at the centre of pivotal events in British culture. I love the film. It has that strange combination of comedy and tragedy that Michael Winterbottom manages to pull off with a real deftness of touch. Like very few films these days it's actually about something without being portentous. Oh and there's lots of naked ladies in it too!"

Melissa Parmenter is producing (Trishna, The Trip), with Film4’s Katherine Butler, Revolution Film’s Andrew Eaton and Studiocanal’s Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars Executive Producing. The Look Of Love is a Revolution Films production in association with Baby Cow Productions. The film is a Studiocanal and Film4 presentation in association with Anton Capital Entertainment, S.C.A. and Lip Sync Productions.

After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain’s richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre - provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure.

Raymond’s personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona - a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie was the true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire - until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain’s richest man and his fortune put at 1.5billion.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: David Walliams, Imogen Poots, Chris Addison, Steve Coogan, Tamsin Egerton, Anna Friel
  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Screen Writer: Matt Greenhalgh
  • Producer: Melissa Parmenter
  • Photographer: Hubert Taczanowski

The bottom line

The Look Of Love is a Film4-backed film released by Studio Canal in the UK in April 2013. Imogen Poots won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2013 BIFAs for her performance. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Trailer & Clips

The Look Of Love

Video Interviews

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    Steve Coogan

    ...on improvisation, comedy, and working with Michael Winterbottom

The Look Of Love Q&As

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