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Best Little Whorehouse in Rochdale (2011)

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After the untimely death of her husband, shy Joan (a part-time cleaner) has to make money fast to keep from losing her home. She asks Fred, her sleazy boss, if she can work more hours - but... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Williams Jeni Williams ... Joan (as Jeni Howarth Williams)
Denice Hope Denice Hope ... Mavis
Sophia Hatfield Sophia Hatfield ... Sharon
Caroline Melliar-Smith Caroline Melliar-Smith ... Enid
Jimmy Allen Jimmy Allen ... Officer Foreman
Paul Sockett ... Officer Jackson
Hylton Collins Hylton Collins ... Harry the Head-Ripper
Kirsty Hitchinson ... Elizabeth
Richard Dobson Richard Dobson ... Fred
James Boyland James Boyland ... Adam
Samantha Dawber Samantha Dawber ... Gigi
Richard Howell-Jones Richard Howell-Jones ... Tomkinson
Richard Sails Richard Sails ... Joe
Phil Seymour Phil Seymour ... Frank
Lila Whelan Lila Whelan ... Tara


After the untimely death of her husband, shy Joan (a part-time cleaner) has to make money fast to keep from losing her home. She asks Fred, her sleazy boss, if she can work more hours - but instead, he takes on sexy air-head, Sharon and fires Joan. Now, she's forced to resort to extreme measures to avoid her home being repossessed. Aided by Sharon, and her two friends/former work-mates (65 year-old eccentric Enid, and desperate Mavis), Joan becomes the Madame of a do-it-yourself co-operative brothel... A brothel with no sex! Written by Ian Vernon

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A co-operative brothel with everything...except sex!





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Release Date:

1 February 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Little Whorehouse in the North See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


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£550,000 (estimated)
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Winner of Best Foreign Film at the San Diego Film Festival 2012. See more »

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So Much Fun!
4 April 2016 | by bernice-50611See all my reviews

I bought this film last week and enjoyed it so much that I have watched it twice since. It's rare that there is a film about women doing their own thing and in control of their lives. What makes this movie so unusual is that it is so funny. I have not laughed this much in many many years. I still chuckle when I think of some of the scenes. I checked on IMDb and I cannot believe a man wrote this script. I'm not sure if it was at the cinema. If it was, I guessed I must have missed it which is a shame because I would've loved to see this with a big audience laughing along together. My husband watched it with me the second time around. He laughed more than me and even recommended it to our friends.

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