Penny Woolcock

Penny Woolcock – The Death of Klinghoffer (2003)

The 1985 hijacking by Palestinian terrorists of the Mediterranean cruise ship Achille Lauro culminated in the murder of wheelchair-bound Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Adams’s controversial highly acclaimed opera plays out against the turbulent emotions and violence that are as ancient as Biblical text and as contemporary as today’s headlines.
Award-winning British film-maker Penny Woolcock, working with the composer, has ingeniously teworked the original, using techniques afforded by film to imbue the narrative with realism. Whilst the main action is shot on location in the Mediterranean, actual and recreated archive footage tells the broader story of the characters before and after the hijacking. Read More »

Penny Woolcock – The Principles of Lust (2003)

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Synopsis:
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. Read More »