From Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom, the team behind 24 Hour Party People, Cock and Bull Story and The Trip, comes the fast, funny and outrageously true story of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur and property baron who established the Raymond Revue Bar and went on to become Britain’s richest man. With a screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, The Look of Love co-stars Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton as the women in Raymond’s life, alongside a great roster of British comic talent including Chris Addison, David Walliams, Simon Bird and Matt Lucas.
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 Richmond. 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 1.5billion.
The film is based on the book Members Only by my good friend Paul Willetts. While doing the research for the book he manage to interview Pamela Green. Probably the last interview she did. Paul has written two other books of non-fiction – Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia and North Soho 999 and he’s edited four much-praised collections of writing by the bohemian dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross.
The Look of Love will be released in the UK on 26th April, 2013