GenreComedy, Drama Initial DVD releaseOctober 23, 2003 LanguageEnglish
Release date1997 Music directorMagnus Fiennes, Magnus Fiennes, Maya Fiennes CastChristien Anholt (Peter Emery), Guinevere Turner (Tanya Cheex), Tom Bell (Henry Harding MP), Ricky Tomlinson (Fibbin' Gibbins), Roger Lloyd-Pack (Mr. Cutts Watson (as Roger Lloyd Pack)), Sue Johnston (Esmeralda) Similar moviesFifty Shades of Grey, Tokyo Decadence, All Ladies Do It, Fish Tank, Bare, Zebra Lounge
TaglineHe wants to save her. She wants to pervert him. Who will win?
Preaching to the perverted
Preaching to the Perverted is a 1997 British comedy film written and directed by Stuart Urban.
The film stars Guinevere Turner as Tanya Cheex, a New York dominatrix. Tom Bell plays Henry Harding MP and Christien Anholt plays Peter Emery. In addition, several well-known BDSM performance artists appear:
Luci the Axle Grinder, also known as "Lucifire"
The film was originally developed by the BBC, but they later dropped the script, believing it would never be suitable for broadcast on UK TV. However, in April 2004 the movie was shown on terrestrial TV in the UK on BBC One.
The film was banned in Ireland by then film censor Sheamus Smith.
In 2013 the film became the first European feature film to be restored and remastered on crowd-funding site Kickstarter by its fans. The remastered Blu-ray became available in August 2013. The film also inspired the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Show "Darkest Fantasy", based on the character Tanya's wedding fantasy.
Preaching to the perverted hd trailer from new restored kickstater version
Henry Harding MP, a British government minister on a moral crusade, hires an inexperienced young computer whizzkid, Peter Emery who works for a Christian computer company called Holy Hardware, to infiltrate the United Kingdom BDSM scene. Harding is set on putting a club called "House of Thwax" run by Mistress Tanya Cheex out of business, and is sure that Peter's secretly videotaped evidence of the club's activities will do the trick. However, the virginal Peter takes a liking to Tanya Cheex and finds himself falling for the Mistress. Amongst the locations used Layer Marney Tower in Essex plays a pivotal role for a party scene.
Guinevere Turner .... Tanya Cheex
Christien Anholt .... Peter Emery
Tom Bell .... Henry Harding MP
Julie Graham .... Eugenie
Georgina Hale .... Miss Wilderspin
Julian Wadham .... M'Learned Friend
Ricky Tomlinson .... Fibbin' Gibbins
Roger Lloyd-Pack .... Mr. Cutts Watson
Sue Johnston .... Esmeralda
Don Henderson .... Commander Cope
Enzo Junior .... Lunk
"Witty and kitsch". Among The Top 10 BDSM Movies. The Guardian, Anna Smith. 10 February 2015.
"Turner makes Sharon Stone look like a mother superior, fiendish cameos from Tom Bell, Ricky Tomlinson etc. ... put on your mask and enjoy the party. This ballsy British independent deserves respect". Empire Magazine, Jake Hamilton
"A mesh of glamour and hilarity ... slick, with an excellent cast ... great dialogue". 'Dillie Tante' The Independent on Sunday
"The film boasts excellent costumes, good acting and is a great vision of what goes on in a good fetish club. Highly recommended!" Secret Magazine, February 2003
"Enjoyably offbeat" The Times 27 April 2004 (TV preview)
"a kind of high-tech, fast-paced, Moulin Rouge for the fetish world...no wonder it was banned in Ireland" Curve Magazine
"...the club scenes all look fabulous: intelligent use of colour and light." Erotic Review, December 2002
"Those who actively participate in the S&M lifestyle may enjoy the lighthearted look at the underground fetish scene, but anyone looking for much more than an offbeat sex comedy is going to be woefully disappointed. Preaching to the Perverted lives up to its name by not being able to appeal to anyone but perverts." Qwipster's Movie Reviews, December 2003
Guinevere Turner - 1999 Best Actress Prize, Festival du Jeune Comedien