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Gentlemen's Relish (2001)

A painter in London paints in a style no longer popular. His assistant suggests artistic photography. It blooms. So much more when he photographs settings from classical nude paintings - naively oblivious to the real reason to success.

Director:

Douglas Mackinnon

Writers:

Miles Gibson (novel), David Nobbs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Connolly ... Kingdom Swann
Sarah Lancashire ... Violet Askey
Douglas Henshall ... Cromwell Marsh
Katie Blake Katie Blake ... Charlotte Crisp
Liz Ewing Liz Ewing ... Alice Hancock
Emily Hillier Emily Hillier ... Ethel Spooner
Nick Stringer ... Edward Shelburne
Teresa Banham Teresa Banham ... Jane Davison
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Gordon Simms
Simon Chandler ... Prestwick
Jamie Bradley ... Stanley Gaunt
Dominic Mafham ... Lord Thornycroft
Chris Middleton Chris Middleton ... Lanky Parsons
Tony Bluto Tony Bluto ... Market Stall Holder
Rebecca Johnson ... Sarah Rossetti
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Kingdom Swann is a talented but rather naive Scottish artist who lives in Edwardian London with his housekeeper, Violet, a dowdy and self-effacing but very loyal young woman from Lancashire. He is dismayed to find that there is no longer a demand for his style of paintings. Then Violet buys him a camera from the local market stall. Helped by his unscrupulous new assistant, Cromwell Marsh, he soon transforms himself into "Kingdom Swann, Society Photographer" and is much in demand. When two younger sisters want him to take "artistic photographs" of themselves in the nude, Marsh hoodwinks Swann into specialising in "tableaux": photographic versions of famous paintings of nudes, using local prostitutes as his models. Marsh realises that he can make a great deal of money on the black market by secretly printing selected parts of these photos and selling them under the brand name "Gentlemen's Relish" to a supplier of pornography. Swann is completely innocent of what is going on. Violet, ... Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ce le place domnilor See more »

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A lovely little film
9 August 2005 | by tord-1See all my reviews

Not having seen Billy Connolly in a leading role before, I must say this was one of the most pleasant surprises, film-wise, I have come across in recent years.

Billy Connolly is, to my surprise, a superb actor, as is the supporting actor Douglas Henshall, who was a completely new experience!

Not a great TV film, but pretty close.

The leading lady, played superbly, by Sarah Lancashire, I have never come across before. Sadly she has not seen on the big screen, while the supporting actress, Katie Blake, has been much more active on TV, and elsewhere!

In short, I loved it, but it is not a deep film, not an allegory, but a quite frank description of the world in the age of suffragettes and candid photography!


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