Somewhere in scripter-director Matthew Chapman's first feature there's a valid love story trying to get out. It stays buried for lack of an objective eye - that of an experienced producer, perhaps - to see the pitfalls of an acceptably lightweight project that strives for serious significance.

Somewhere in scripter-director Matthew Chapman’s first feature there’s a valid love story trying to get out. It stays buried for lack of an objective eye – that of an experienced producer, perhaps – to see the pitfalls of an acceptably lightweight project that strives for serious significance.

John Shea’s performance as Helen Mirren’s lover, a transient American working as spotlight operator at the London stripjoint where she hosts and hooks is mostly bland, but occasionally effective in hinting at a murkier past than his guileless looks suggest. Mirren would have come off better had she been directed towards a less ponderous conception of the role.

Neither lead is helped by dialog which badly needed that ruthless impartial eye; as it is, there are some leaden, even laughable, moments.

Hussy

UK

Production

Kendon. Dir Matthew Chapman; Producer Jeremy Watt; Screenplay Matthew Chapman; Camera Keith Goddard; Editor Bill Blunden; Music George Fenton Art Dir Hazel Peiser

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Helen Mirren John Shea Jenny Runacre Murray Salem Paul Angelis Patti Boulaye
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