Penny Woolcock – The Principles of Lust (2003)
Crippled by his writer’s block, Paul enters into a new, exciting relationship with risk-taking Billy and super-sexy Juliette. As it becomes increasingly tangled, however, he must choose one of them over the other.
Jamie Russell, bbc.co.uk wrote:
“Likely to cause a stir because of its explicit scenes of orgies and coke snorting, what really separates The Principles Of Lust from the crowd is its edgy, dark atmosphere that combines conventional Hollywood thrillers about sociopaths – eg. Fight Club, Bad Influence – with a distinctly British, rough and ready feel.
Firing on all cylinders, debut feature director Penny Woolcock – who once made waves with the Channel 4 drama Tina Goes Shopping – delivers a film that’s too insistent on being distinctive and dream-like to really hold together as a coherent drama. Instead, it joins a select group of recent low-budget British cinema – from The Last Great Wilderness to This Is Not A Love Song – that dares to say no to the conventions of Hollywood filmmaking while damning the consequences.”