THE LOOK OF LOVE is an upcoming dramedy based on the real life of Paul Raymond, the ‘King of Soho’ who opened the UK’s first strip club, and went on through his various businesses to amass an enormous fortune. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me), the biopic starring his regular collaborator Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) alongside Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton. The film made its world premiere at Sundance at the start of the year, and followed it up a few weeks back with its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival.
After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond (Coogan) 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 (Friel), a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona (Egerton) – a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie (Poots) 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 1.5billion.