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Gentlemen's Relish (2001)

A painter in London paints in a style no longer popular. His assistant suggests artistic photography. It blooms. So much more when he photographs settings from classical nude paintings - naively oblivious to the real reason to success.

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Douglas Mackinnon

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Miles Gibson (novel), David Nobbs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Connolly ... Kingdom Swann
Sarah Lancashire ... Violet Askey
Douglas Henshall ... Cromwell Marsh
Katie Blake Katie Blake ... Charlotte Crisp
Liz Ewing Liz Ewing ... Alice Hancock
Emily Hillier Emily Hillier ... Ethel Spooner
Nick Stringer ... Edward Shelburne
Teresa Banham Teresa Banham ... Jane Davison
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Gordon Simms
Simon Chandler ... Prestwick
Jamie Bradley ... Stanley Gaunt
Dominic Mafham ... Lord Thornycroft
Chris Middleton Chris Middleton ... Lanky Parsons
Tony Bluto Tony Bluto ... Market Stall Holder
Rebecca Johnson ... Sarah Rossetti
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Kingdom Swann is a talented but rather naive Scottish artist who lives in Edwardian London with his housekeeper, Violet, a dowdy and self-effacing but very loyal young woman from Lancashire. He is dismayed to find that there is no longer a demand for his style of paintings. Then Violet buys him a camera from the local market stall. Helped by his unscrupulous new assistant, Cromwell Marsh, he soon transforms himself into "Kingdom Swann, Society Photographer" and is much in demand. When two younger sisters want him to take "artistic photographs" of themselves in the nude, Marsh hoodwinks Swann into specialising in "tableaux": photographic versions of famous paintings of nudes, using local prostitutes as his models. Marsh realises that he can make a great deal of money on the black market by secretly printing selected parts of these photos and selling them under the brand name "Gentlemen's Relish" to a supplier of pornography. Swann is completely innocent of what is going on. Violet, ... Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2001 (UK) See more »

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Ce le place domnilor See more »

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an excellent comedy drama
20 January 2001 | by dianne.martinSee all my reviews

Gentlemen's Relish is an excellent comedy drama set in Edwardian times.It was first broadcast on British television on New Year's Day 2001. At the beginning of the story we are introduced to artist Kingdom Swann(Billy Connolly)who decides to take up photography when his style of painting goes out of fashion.He is persuaded by his assistant Cromwell Marsh(Douglas Henshall) to take photographs of tasteful nude tableaux.The story develops from there.

There are some terrific one liners and very funny situations and the story does explore the question of morality.Billy Connolly is very convincing as the innocent Swann and Douglas Henshall gives a brilliant comedy performance as the cockney rogue Marsh.

The film is 90 minutes long and although it went straight to television ,it was good enough for a cinema release.


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