This is the story of bold Benny U. Murdoch (Roy Kinnear) – owner of B.U.M Studios and producer of naughty sex pics – who wanted to film the notoriously filthy poem Eskimo Nell and got into a terrible fix.
Charged with putting the film together, Dennis Morrison (Michael Armstrong) enlists his mate Clive (Terence Edmond) as producer and asks Harris Tweedle (Christopher Timothy) – who knows more about penguins than women – to script the film and the three set off with Murdoch to find backers.
Each of four backers insisted that the poem be filmed in a different way: as a Kung Fu musical; as a wholesome family film; as traditional hardcore porn; and as Britain’s first all-gay western. It’s a chaotic juggling act and funny in places with all genres spoofed.
A (slight) relaxation of censorship at the turn of the 1970s triggered a decade where the softcore sex comedy was one of the few surefire commercial bets for British cinema.
Most were neither sexy nor funny, and this one isn’t particularly erotic either, but it does cast a keenly satirical eye on how the sex-film business was run at the time.
Benny U. Murdoch