Director: Michael Winterbottom Writer(s): Matt Greenhalgh Producer(s): Melissa Parmenter U.S. Distributor: Rights Available Cast: Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Tamsin Egerton and Matt Lucas
He just premiered Everyday at TIFF (the film production lasted over five years) and before anyone has the time to notice, Michael Winterbottom is already pitching us a new biopic. The prolific filmmaker works best when he teams with Steve Coogan and when he examines a part of England’s cultural fabric as is the case with The Look of Love.
Gist: Scripted by Matt Greenhalgh, this is the story of the business and personal life of club proprietor and porn publisher Paul Raymond. After starting his showbusiness 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 realization 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 colorful as his revue shows. Coogan will play the eponymous ”King of Soho,” a nickname given to Raymond by the press due to his huge club and property empire.
Release Date: World premiere showing at Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section, this will be released in the U.K come March. Expect a distributor such as IFC Films to grab the title at the fest.
Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).