As suggested by the lovely CJ, we have decided to note down which films we have watched every week as we desperately try to reduce our unwatched pile of DVDs. Sadly, this week we have bought another seven films and one TV series (Farscape season 1) so we are not really progressing, as we only watched two films!
Artist Kingdom Swann (Billy Connolly) finds his neo-classical pictures are out of fashion at the beginning of the twentieth century. Given a camera by his fathfull housekeeper (Sarah Lancashire) he starts to take society portraits instead before being approached by two young ladies to photograph themselves nude for their lady friends. His wily assistant (Primeval's Douglas Henshall) starts selling Swann's classically inspired images of naked women to a publisher of "gentlemen's relish" naughty postcards.
Seen it before...?
We first saw this when it was shown on the BBC on New Year's Day 2001 but haven't seen it since.
Set mainly in 1910, a story about a Lord Leighton type painter who gets involved in photographing nudes is a story just made for Triple P! A script that references Leighton's favourite model, Dorothy Dene, has obviously been written by someone (David Nobbs, creator of the Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin) who knows what he is talking about. Based on a book by Miles Gibson it is a gently amusing period piece with an excellent cast firing on all cylinders. Highly recommended. Available in the US on region 1 disc but not in the UK. However the region 1 disc does play on a UK Playstation 3 so must, in fact, be multi region coded.
Another good early acting role for stand-up comedian Billy Connolly. Douglas Henshall's amusing imitation of early Michael Caine.
Any good girlies?
Quite a lot of ladies tastefully remove their clothes for the photographer's set pieces. It's nice to see that at least some of them have authentic looking figures for the period rather than all being the modern skinny type. Of the lead actresses Triple P was taken with Katie Blake as the photographer's secretary (who briefly flaunts some period accurate underarm hair) and Emily Hillier as a gamine fallen woman come model.More films next week...