Sixteen years ago, it received one, and a whirlwind of controversy alongside it. His latest film, the capitalist satire Greed , has already caused a ruckus for its merciless depiction of a Philip Green-like fashion mogul. Considering who was responsible for the film , that may have been the point all along. Its presence on the DVD shelves of every charity shop in the country is also significant — pre-streaming, 9 Songs was one of, and perhaps the only, mainstream film with an 18 certificate to feature repeated scenes of unsimulated sex. That bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club , Franz Ferdinand and Super Furry Animals were credited on the poster, in reference to the gig footage that breaks up all the fornication, also provided an air of non-mucky legitimacy.
Caught in the act
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Why I've no regrets about having sex on film . . .
On a bleak British afternoon last fall, Michael Winterbottom and his small crew were preparing for filming on the top floor of Felbrigg Hall, a possibly haunted 17th-century manor in eastern England. Winterbottom, one of England's most prominent independent filmmakers, was directing an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's often cited, rarely read novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," aptly described by the comedian Steve Coogan, who plays Shandy in Winterbottom's film, as "a postmodern novel written before there was a modern. Sterne's book has frequently been described as unfilmable, which is precisely what interested Winterbottom. Published in , "Tristram Shandy" is the memoir of an 18th-century country gentleman who wishes to share his "life and opinions" but is so overcome by the urge to tell digressive, often saucy stories about his father, Walter a harmless but eccentric pedant , his Uncle Toby who rides a hobbyhorse and obsesses over an old war wound and his own conception which was botched when his mother asked his father if he had remembered to rewind the clock at the moment of climax that he barely manages to get to his own birth before the book's end. It features many of the avant-garde flourishes now associated with writers like Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer.
You could, perhaps, have seen it all coming. Or maybe not, if you were a year-old with no significant acting roles to your name. What is clear is that Margo Stilley, the female lead in Michael Winterbottom's film Nine Songs - already famous as the most sexually explicit film in the history of mainstream British cinema - is at the centre of an almighty media ruckus.