"Funny, grim and unexpectedly revealing" TIME OUT "Cheeky and charming" THE TIMES "A delightful and touching discovery of the depths of human emotion" POV
"A laugh-out-loud celebration of the search for true love" BIRDS EYE FILM FESTIVAL "An affectionate, witty celebration of all the lovers in the world" LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
**** PICK OF THE DAY: TIME OUT, THE OBSERVER, THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY, THE RADIO TIMES ****
GRIERSON NOMINATION FOR MOST ENTERTAINING DOC
Channel 4/True Stories Direction/Camera
2010 Bungalow Town Productions
Every four seconds a Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel is sold somewhere in the world. In India, the books give Shumita hope that her straying husband will return. In Japan, housewife Hiroko yearns to make fantasy reality with her handsome ballroom dancing teacher. And in Warrington, mum-of-three Shirley rifles through the books for ideas on how to keep her marriage spicy. But it’s not only the female readers who dream of a perfect romance. New York model Stephen has been on over 200 Mills & Boon covers, but can’t find his true love. While romance novelist Gill Sanderson is in fact a pensioner called Roger, writing from a caravan in the North of England. Guilty Pleasures explores our universal struggle to reconcile inner fantasy with the truths of real-life relationships.
Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love. Because real life begins where Mills & Boon ends…