The Principles of Lust

The Principles of Lust

Penny Woolcock (2002)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Another British dud, this supposedly examines male lifestyle choices but fails to strike any believable note whatsoever. Writer/director Penny Woolcock's grimy social melodrama veers between the ludicrous and obvious with a spectacularly exploitative dreariness. What should jobless drifter Alec Newman do? Stay as househusband to working mum Sienna Guillory and her son, who adore him? Or join the uninhibited Marc Warren on the road to excess with pub strippers, high-stakes gambling, amphetamine addiction, juvenile bare-knuckle boxing and group sex? It's an absurdly black-and-white decision that's posed in this downmarket Fight Club meets Intimacy affair (although that comparison maligns those two far better movies). Woolcock's botch-job says nothing relevant about masculinity under threat, but everything about her desperate attempt to be controversial, by indulging in such dull shock tactics as hardcore orgy footage and brutal adolescent sparring. The fine cast deserved so much better than this macho claptrap.


An aspiring artist is faced with a dilemma when he is forced to choose between a normal family life with his girlfriend and her son, or a hedonistic whirl of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll with a risk-taking friend. Drama, starring Alec Newman, Marc Warren, Sienna Guillory and Lara Clifton.

Cast & Crew

Paul Alec Newman
Billy Marc Warren (1)
Juliette Sienna Guillory
Hole Lara Clifton
Harry Alexander Popplewell
Phillip Julian Barratt
Jude Gwyne Hollis
Lizzie Kelli Hollis
Bezzer Tommy Yates
Ray Skint Eastwood
Dan Mackenzie Crook
Director Penny Woolcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 12 Mar 2004