Personally, I have always found director Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan to be a perfect pairing. After their successful collaboration with 24 Hour Party People, the two made the tragically hilarious The Trip, and now soon see the theatrical release of their latest, The Look of Love. After opening at Sundance to mild reviews, the film will open next month in the U.K. but we’re still waiting on a U.S. date. Starring Coogan at the iconic Paul Raymond, the film follows the life of the British nightclub owner/adult magazine publisher who was nicknamed the “King of Soho” back in the 1950s and ’60s. He stars alongside Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, and David Willams in the film that finally has been given a proper trailer thanks to the Guardian.
The official synopsis for the film reads:
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 1.5 billion
Check out the trailer below.